As promised (although delivered later than I planned) here’s a round-up of the Digital Participation – Measuring the Unmeasurable seminar that we ran here at Birmingham City University on the 19th July 2010. We had about 50-60 delegates on the day. The delegate pack for the day is available for download (PDF).
Our three main speakers have allowed us to share their presentations with you:
Alison Preston from Ofcom – outlined Ofcom’s approach to measuring participation online. She highlighted recent results from Ofcom’s ‘Tech Tracker’ survey:
Paul Watson from Newcastle University – talked about the work of his Social Inclusion Through the Digital Economy project.
Catherine Bunting, Arts Council – took us through some existing work on audience segmentation
There followed a brief panel discussion during which we looked at some innovative work being done by Nick Booth of Podnosh and heard from Audiences Central about how the Arts Council’s research has shaped their delivery of the Arts Nation project.
During the afternoon there were breakout groups – the group discussing ‘depth’ have had their discussion written up in detail up by Jennifer Jones.
There are a few bog posts from delegates about the day –
Steve Mackenzie has written a detailed reaction – ‘Digital Participation, Digital Inclusion and Social Learning‘ – and useful adds additional links to resources.
“From a professional stance, all this was gravy,” reflected Kathryn Ashcroft in her weekly blog column – Ever so social (media) (about half way in).
Trevelyan Wright ‘loved‘ Nick Booth’s work and took away some pointers for an he’s organising himself in 2011.
Fraser Henderson – ‘No Measure‘ felt the event didn’t quite live up to expectations citing a failure to recognise existing research into democracy, e-participation and e- inclusion.
Finally, there’s a record of the twitter stream from the day itself and in and around the day.
The university is keen to make this area of work a key focus and in particular is interested in developing a network of researchers, policy-makers and other interested parties to develop a seminar series on this topic area. Do let us know if you’re keen to contribute (email [email protected])