It's good to talk... about places
As an elected member you already know the importance of having a conversation. Be it with a concerned constituent, the CEO of a large employer or the driver of your taxi home, a conversation can do much to help both parties get nearer to their desired destination.
So when it comes to asking people for their thoughts on the places they live and work, how do we get the most out of that conversation and record it in a way that makes it easier for us to see where to take action?
To help with this, the Improvement Service is offering support on using the Place Standard tool. This tool asks a range of questions about what makes up a street, neighbourhood or entire town, both the physical elements (e.g. its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (e.g. whether people feel they have a say in decision-making). It then records answers in a way that allows issues to jump out. Councils and Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) are using it as a simple effective way to inform priorities and outcomes.
The Improvement Service has contacted every CPP offering two layers of support. First, to attend one of their meetings to acquaint members with the tool and give practical examples of where it has already helped conversations. Second, to run a separate session for operational staff on how to use the tool to maximise the quality of information collected.
Our mission is to highlight a new tool to help with the task and explain how others are using it to collect in what people want. If you would like any more information on this offer please contact Irene Beautyman on 07908 930763.