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In the goldfish bowl

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Delivered as part of Sciencewise's digital dialogue session at Civil Service Live 2013. Session focussed on Sciencewise paper -In the goldfish bowl: science and technology policy dialogues in a digital world (http://www.sciencewise-erc.org.uk/cms/in-the-goldfish-bowl-science-and-technology-policy-dialogues-in-a-digital-world/)

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In the goldfish bowl

  1. 1. In the Goldfish Bowl: a government digital perspective Marilyn Booth Digital Engagement @bisgovuk
  2. 2. First Impressions • Welcome addition to open policy making • Particularly relevant to science policy – you have an active online community • Engage with it during dialogue and beyond • Focus on the positive • Realise you don’t have to do it all yourself - digital engagement about – Mapping conversations – Listening & identifying online influencers – Providing opportunities for direct engagement – Building partnerships to amplify content
  3. 3. Offline dialogue vs online engagement • The engagement’s the thing! • Adopt the mindset • Both need facilitation & encouragement • With both, preparation is key • Language But • Digital isn’t cheap • It can bring scale - analysis • Do you get the depth of the dialogue approach?
  4. 4. What’s happening in BIS? • All departments have digital strategy • Ours commits us to encouraging online listening, and open policy making • Building expertise through: – Training – Digital surgeries – Case studies – Digital speakers from outside Govt – Digital Month 2013
  5. 5. Where to start • You’re not starting from zero – Talk to digital teams – Understand what you can do in your dept – Look at case studies • Case studies (BIS’s on @bisdigital blog) • Demsoc/Cabinet Office Open Policy Making blog Digital Engagement Guide – Learn from others who do it well – Read Cabinet Office social media guidance
  6. 6. Where to start • You’re not starting from zero – Talk to digital teams – Understand what you can do in your dept – Look at case studies • Case studies (BIS’s on @bisdigital blog) • Demsoc/Cabinet Office Open Policy Making blog Digital Engagement Guide – Learn from others who do it well – Read Cabinet Office social media guidance

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