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Public Engagement in Development Review
Budget Consultation 2.0Research shows that budget simulations are the most effective form of budget consultation available. Recently, Bang the Table partnered up with Balancing Act, makers of the world’s most sophisticated budget simulation software. This webinar will feature Balancing Act CEO Chris Adams who will share best practices from more than 75 local governments worldwide. Learn about the three C’s of budget engagement—constraints, context and consequences—and how you can use them to get input and buy-in from residents on your budget. This webinar will show how you can: -Easily create a simulation of your budget -Inform residents on what rates pay for -Get input on tough tradeoffs and where to set service levels -Use a special feature of the online simulation for face-to-face meetings -Integrate budget simulation into Engagement HQ -Budget engagement has some distinct challenges due to the complexity and inaccessibility of budgets. The most effective budget consultations are a cooperative effort between communications and engagement professionals combined with budget and finance staff. This webinar is suitable for both.
How to Increase Your Engagement RateImplementing strategies to help you increase your online engagement rate is essential for good quality and informed engagement outcomes. Join us for a case study on how Byron Shire Council utilised pre-engagement activities and effective planning to achieve a 50% engagement rate on their recent PAMP (Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan) project. Presented by the team at Byron Shire, this session will provide an essential opportunity to get up-close with a project team who have successfully captured the attention of their community through effective online engagement practices. What you’ll learn: -How to plan for good engagement -Understanding how a project team can work together for better engagement results -How pre-engagement activities can help drive engagement -Ways of utilising digital and offline to create a cohesive engagement program Duration: 60 mins
Advocating for your communityA key role of local governments in Australia is to advocate on behalf of their residents for the improvement of services, infrastructure, and amenity especially when these resources are the responsibility of the State and Federal Governments or other third parties. To ensure the needs of growing communities are supported, local governments need to advocate on behalf of their communities to access the necessary funds required to deliver for their communities. Hear from Sid Wynen, Team Leader Engagement, Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations at the City of Casey and Dinuki Scharenguivel, Engagement Manager Bang the Table, on how the City of Casey conducted its biggest and most successful advocacy campaign in the lead up to the November 2018 Victoria State Elections with the help of their community in leading the campaign to ensure their voices were heard by candidates from both major parties. Highly recommended for communications, community engagement and advocacy officers in local government to hear about how to design, develop and deliver a community-led advocacy campaign in the lead up to a state or federal election. What you’ll learn: -Importance of having a strategic approach to advocacy with the development of an Advocacy Strategy, supported by Councillors. -How to bring the community into the prioritization of projects to advocate on behalf of -Using a principle-based approach to defining Council’s advocacy priorities -Things to consider when designing a community-led campaign -How to measure and evaluate advocacy campaigns Duration: 90 mins
Building Effective SurveysJoin Bang the Table Engagement Manager, Meghan Ruble, for a discussion on how to build unique survey experiences, designed to deliver actionable feedback while priming your audiences for more meaningful participation. We will cover when and how to ask for demographic information, writing effective questions, and how to leverage survey results to encourage wider participation. The webinar will examine: • Create unique survey experiences • Design surveys to produce actionable feedback • Encourage meaningful participation from your target audience
Think Beyond the SurveyOf all the tools in a communications professional’s toolbox, surveys are often the most heavily used. Surveys are familiar, predictable, and uncontroversial. However, surveys alone cannot approach the power of a holistic community engagement strategy. What is your organization missing out on by limiting itself to surveys in the community engagement process? Watch Bang the Table’s Engagement Manager, Jeremy Shackett on a webinar about how to think beyond the survey. The webinar will examine: • How to manage the potential risks and pitfalls of surveys • When it is appropriate to deploy surveys • How to choose the right combination of listening tools for your project • How to foster more meaningful conversations with your residents • How online community engagement can build public trust in your organization Discussion topics will be backed up by case studies of how local governments across the country are leveraging online tools to foster a more productive dialogue with their residents.