UPDATE [Tuesday 4th March 2014, 7.40am]: This CoPaCC Thematic is to be published in mid March 2014. Contributions to this CoPaCC Thematic can therefore no longer be accepted.
I blogged earlier this year on CoPaCC’s plans for Thematics during 2014. There, I outlined CoPaCC’s plans for the first of these Thematics, on “PCCs and Public Engagement”, and invited comment. I’m very grateful to the many that responded to that invitation, helping me and CoPaCC colleagues refine our methodology for this piece of work.
I’d said then that there were likely to be five main elements to the work, namely:
- ask OPCCs for their contributions
- ask key stakeholders for their thoughts
- ask public for their views
- desk research
- Write the Thematic (and publish it!)
With some fine tuning based on comments we’ve received (and with Item 3 – public consultation – now unlikely for this year’s Thematic), this is pretty much how we will proceed.
This blog is effectively the “public announcement” of the first element – an invitation to PCCs (and MOPAC) to submit evidence. For the avoidance of doubt, this is NOT being presented to OPCCs as a Freedom of Information request.
PCCs are invited to submit evidence of their (and their OPCC’s) good practice in public engagement. These submissions should be sent to CoPaCC by email (office@CoPaCC.org.uk) from an official OPCC email address by 5pm on Friday 21st February. Earlier submissions will be very welcome.
This is, very deliberately, a broad examination of “PCCs and Public Engagement”. We have received suggestions on how to fine-tune the Thematic, and may well refine our approach in future years based on these (and future) comments. However, for this first “PCCs and Public Engagement” Thematic, we have decided to provide PCCs with the broadest possible invitation to contribute good practice. The simple core requirement is that their submissions cover their own good practice in “PCCs and Public Engagement”. CoPaCC is not, for this Thematic, offering a definition of “public engagement” but rather leaving it to PCCs’ own interpretation.
PCCs’ evidence can be presented:
- EITHER of a length and in a style entirely of the OPCC’s choosing. This approach is offered to minimise any potential burden on OPCCs in responding to this invitation to submit evidence. If an OPCC is planning this type of submission in an unusual file format (i.e. other than using standard Microsoft or Google software or as a PDF or as links to existing OPCC webpages), please check first that CoPaCC is able to read and/or access documents in that format;
- AND/OR as a summary of the approach to public engagement adopted by the OPCC, of up to 2000 words (much less being perfectly acceptable) and running to no more than four A4 pages. This can be structured as the OPCC wishes.
- AND/OR as one (or more) case study submissions, each of up to 1000 words (with less being perfectly acceptable) and running to no more than two A4 pages. Each case study submission should contain: a) a title for the public engagement; b) a description of the public engagement; c) an explanation of why this is an example of good practice; d) any further information (for example, any measures in place to monitor the effectiveness of the public engagement).
CoPaCC will treat all material submitted as placed “in the public domain” and may choose to publish all or part of OPCCs’ submissions as part of the CoPaCC “PCCs and Public Engagement” Thematic. Submissions conforming to the guidance in 2 or 3 above are more likely to be published in their entirety.
Should OPCCs have any questions or comments on the above, they can contact me, Bernard Rix, by email or on 07711 043988.
Our aim is to publish the Thematic in March 2014.