At a glance

Policy stage: 
Level of involvement: 
Cost: 
£0-£999
Length of process: 
Ongoing
Number of participants: 
Various
Participant selection: 
Self selected participants attending as individuals (open access process)
Online / Offline: 
Online

local issues forum diagramThe goal of a Local Issues Forum is to give everyone a greater voice in local decisions and encourage more citizen participation in local public policy making.

 

 

Description

A Local Issues Forum is an online public commons where any citizen or elected official can:

  • Ask questions
  • Make public announcements
  • Network with other local citizens
  • Monitor local opinion
  • Ask for public input

A forum manager is also required to monitor the conversation, maintain a neutral environment and ensure the focus is on local issues when necessary.

Participants

  • Local Issues Forums are citizen driven.

Costs

Low:

  • Costs include the setting up and maintenance of an online environment.

Approximate time expense

Medium:

  • Takes place in an online setting so the time requirements are ongoing.

Strengths

  • Keep up with community news
  • Allows open questioning
  • To share your opinion on local issues
  • Allows networking with elected officials
  • Instant feedback

Weaknesses

  • Requires a dedicated forum manager
  • Can lack focus or orientation

Origin

Local Issues Forums have developed from eDemocracy and emulate Wikis but in a more localised and policy orientated fashion.

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