Read the report of the Digital Engagement Workshops

News story posted: 29/01/2017

illustration of digital engagementA report highlighting findings and feedback from a series of digital engagement workshops held in October and November 2015 has now been published.


The free digital engagement workshops were hosted by local authorities in South Ayrshire, Moray, Angus, and Scottish Borders with community councils and representative tenant organisations (RTO) as the target audience.

The events were funded by the Scottish Government as part of the work to enhance the role of community councils in collaboration with COSLA and the Improvement Service. The workshops were organised by Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics, and were led by Dr Bruce Ryan.


At the events the delegates networked and shared experiences and challenges they have had with engaging with their local community via the internet. Some of the topics discussed during the workshops were:


  • What are the major barriers to CC/RTO digital engagement?
  • How can CCs/RTOs best use the internet?
  • Topics suggested by delegates


The report summarises the discussions and findings from the events. Feedback from the workshops was positive, with delegates expressing that they had been of immediate benefit. Download the report.


Outputs from the four events, including the main points of discussion, links to videos of presentations, and regional funding resources can be found and downloaded on Scottish Community Councillors Online Knowledge Hub (Khub) group. Information about where to find the outputs is also available in the report. To access most of the content please log in to or sign up to KHub and join Scottish Community Councillors Online group.


These digital engagement workshops are a continuation from a workshop that took place at Edinburgh Napier University in January 2015 for community councillors. Further information on this event can be found at the links below:


Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan’s research: http://bruceryan.info/resources/publications-contacts-and-research-blogs/

Audio and video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbUnhSM_PFtbO08HG2m7JoXq11Qt78EDl


Outcomes report: https://brucemartinryan.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/digicc-day-outcomes-report.pdf

A blog about the digital engagement workshop held in January 2015

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