Head of Engagement talks to Estates Gazette about how tech supercharged our consultation response

As pioneers of tech enabled consultation, Socius has fully embraced social media, online consultation and digital methods to improve the accessibility of our consultation process. Over the past few years, we have partnered with tech company Built-ID to turn previously analogue tools such as paper based questionnaires and face to face meetings to online polls, surveys and digital town halls.

Head of Engagement, Liam Ronan-Chlond spoke to Estates Gazette following the recent announcement about the Government Engagement Fund which will trial cutting-edge digital tools to make the planning system more open, engaging and accessible.

Liam says 'Often what we found in the past was that only a very small number of people from a narrow demographic would turn up when we held public exhibitions. We would pat ourselves on the back if we received 100 pieces of feedback, but here we had 5,888 people take part across two surveys, with more than 80% of those coming into the survey through social media.”

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Estates Gazette