Policy Hub Scotland – Our First Year
Formally launched in late October last year, our aim is to develop opportunities for those who work in, or alongside, the Scottish public sector to exchange and explore new ideas, inform good practice and share their knowledge and professional expertise across a range of public policy areas.
Over the last few weeks, we have taken the opportunity to review our progress toward that goal. Here, we present the key stats from our first year (October 2015 – October 2016)…
Across the Hub
Our events and online conversations have focused on three main policy areas over the last year –
- Education and Child Welfare
- User-focussed public services
- Public sector good governance and leadership
Most popular conversation3,500Our online conversation around Child Internet Safety reached over 3,500 key professionals across Scotland – including teachers and school guidance professionals, Local Authority education officials, social workers and child protection practitioners.
Most shared articles on the site
1) ‘Online Rights for Scotland’s children and young people’ by Tam Baillie (Child Internet Safety conversation) – 418 shares.
2) ‘Nude selfies – adolescents and online self-produced images’ by Ethel Quayle (Child Internet Safety conversation) – 217 shares.
3) ‘People by default: Designing public services from a human perspective’ by Sarah Drummond (User-focused public services conversation) – 181 shares.
4) ‘Young Scot, young Scots and iRights’ by Louise Macdonald (Child Internet Safety conversation) – 156 shares.
Beyond the Hub…
Our online conversations create opportunities for everyone (those who are able to attend our events and those who aren’t) to continue to share their ideas, and cascade their learning and knowledge long after the final PowerPoint slide has been delivered. Over the last year, we are delighted that our conversations and post-event delegate information pages (which include all the speaker presentation slides) have – for example – went on to form part of a Council-wide Internet Safety training programme and have been used to update a University’s teaching module on Children’s Mental Health.
We hosted a range of training events over the last year – from large full-day conferences to smaller, training-focused seminars and roundtable discussions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the events – speakers, facilitators, exhibitors and, of course, all those who attended.
Average audience sizes for each training format
(based on our first year)
Male speakers – 44.6%
Female speakers – 55.4%
Affordable and accessible events
£107+VAT public sector rate (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, NHS, police, universities and colleges etc.)
£99+VAT schools rate (Available to all attendees from schools)
£91+VAT third sector rate (Charities, voluntary and community groups, tenant and patient groups, professional bodies, trade unions etc)
Different event formats
- around half were smaller-group, training-focussed seminars and workshops
- around a third were full-day conferences
- and the remainder were half-day conferences or policy briefings.
In Year One, just under half our events (42%) were held outwith Edinburgh. Whilst this compares favourably with other event providers, we recognise there is still room for improvement over the course of Years Two and Three! We are also exploring opportunities to deliver some of our events in digital format, so content can be accessed remotely.
Your feedback and your ideas are important to us. They inform our online conversations, help improve the ways we deliver events and shape our future programme of work. In our first year, we have been delighted with the level of responses we have received from our readers and event attendees. Some of our delegate-assessed performance scores and feedback comments are listed below.
Average performance score across all our events
Delegate feedback – average feedback scores across all events for…
Delegate feedback – in words…
Enjoyed the informal atmosphere of the seminar. A fun & relaxed way of learning. The mix of group discussions, presentations and questions from the floor was just right. Venue excellent for delegates from further north.
Local Authority solicitor – delegate at our of our Data Sharing seminars.
Outstanding event. Very well thought out. With a good balance of inputs. Will definitely look out for further events from Policy Hub
Local Authority Customer Services Manager – delegate at our Consumer Insight conference.
Excellent buzz in the room. Excellent question and answer, following excellent presentations. All held together by excellent chairing. Overall, an excellent event!
Secondary school teacher – delegate at our Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools conference.
Really enjoyed the afternoon. I found the session both informative and relevant – and the delegate care is the best I have experienced. If Policy Hub can arrange further training that is of this standard then I would be more than happy to attend.
Local Authority Chief Social Work Officer – delegate at one of our Data Sharing seminars.
Many thanks for a thoroughly professional and well planned training event. Also, very glad you will email the presentation slides from other speakers for deeper reflection and sharing with colleagues.
Speaker at our Generation Sext conference.
Since Policy Hub Scotland’s ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools’ conference, held in Edinburgh, we have had incredibly positive meetings and are delighted to announce that product trials for 140 pupils are being set up at the Gordons Schools (Huntly) and for 400 pupils at Mearns Academy (Laurencekirk). We are also awaiting decisions from independent schools in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Company Director – exhibitor at our Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools conference.