Following on from last night’s post:
Here’s some results from the CC online presence survey:
- Still only 22% of CCs have up to date presences. The figures for out-of-date, existent but not online and non-existent CCs are also almost completely unchanged.
- Moray and East Renfrewshire have the highest percentages of up to date presences, at 65% and 60% respectively. Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh and Falkirk are in the 50%-59% range. The %ages of up to date presences in LAs looks like this:
- We’ve developed a possibly more realistic way of distinguishing worthwhile CC presences: those that have been updated in the last 2 months and update monthly or more often. We call these CCs meaningfully online. (CCs that release new information less than monthly – unless they meet less than monthly – are not doing a very worthwhile job of informing their citizens, in our opinion.)
- Meaningfully online CCs seem to be best at publishing what I define as CC-centric information – their minutes, information about their areas, local news and planning information. (Having said that, only 176 CCs – and only 111 meaningfully online CCs – have planning information clearly available on their presences. (Other online CCs may have planning information in their minutes but unless readers trawl minutes they won’t find it.)
- We have developed some non-exclusive archetypes to try to investigate and model good online practice. These are journalist, charity/campaigner, local government and open. All of these are sub-sets of the meaningfully online class, but take into account the presences’ content-types. For example,
- ‘journalist’ CCs publish news and update every fortnight or better
- ‘open’ CCs update every fortnight or better, publish who their CCllrs and office-bearers are, publish minutes, have contact mechanisms (i.e. email addresses or forms) and have feedback/public discussion mechanisms (i.e. open Facebook pages or Twitter feeds.
- There are 72 ‘journalist’ CCs, 16 ‘charity/campaigner’ CCs, 21 ‘local government’ CCs and 22 open CCs. Given there are only 84 CCs fitting any of these archetypes, clearly many must fit more than one. In fact, only 9 fit just one of the archetypes, 61 fit two, 3 fit three and 11 fit all four.
I’ll be delving into likely reasons and conclusions tomorrow – watch this space!