About Ask Warwickshire

We appreciate the need to engage and consult with our residents in new ways.  Social media has provided a much broader range of opportunities for people to get involved in local democracy, and the Ask Warwickshire project is designed to help raise awareness of the many ways that residents can now share their views on subjects affecting the county.

This video provides a useful introduction to ‘Ask Warwickshire’.

Ask Warwickshire is not about discarding traditional approaches to consultation, such as paper-based surveys. Our aim is to complement these methods with new and increasingly interactive approaches.  We want to provide the opportunity for residents to share their views on a range of topics in a more dynamic, informal way.  Rather than distribute surveys to Citizen Panel members two or three times a year, we want to generate more timely conversations on topics that are of interest, so that we can develop a better understanding of our communities’ views and perceptions. Ultimately, we want to provide the opportunity for all residents to get involved using the methods they prefer to use, rather than the methods they may have been limited to in the past.

This website acts as the focal point for the Ask Warwickshire approach.  You will find links to current consultations, petitions and e-petitions, discussion forums (which we are calling ‘conversations‘) and other engagement opportunities such as Facebook pages for specific parts of the county. The vision is to develop an online community to encourage ongoing participation and contributions to key issues affecting the county.

It is very early in our development of these ideas, and we want to make sure we offer the right opportunities for people to get involved.  We have launched a conversation on this very subject, so please contribute your ideas on what will (and won’t) work.

If you have any questions about the Ask Warwickshire project please contact Andy Davis and Stephanie Gardner on 01926 412511  or email andydavis@warwickshire.gov.uk

How we moderate this site

This site is pre-moderated.  This means a council officer reads your comment before it is posted on the website.  This can mean delays in posting.

We will moderate the site using these principles.

  • Contributions must be civil and tasteful
  • No disruptive, offensive or abusive behaviour: contributions must be constructive and polite, not mean-spirited or contributed with the intention of causing trouble
  • No personal attacks or offensive comments
  • No unlawful or objectionable content: unlawful, harassing, defamatory, accusative or abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive or otherwise objectionable material is not acceptable.
  • No spamming or off-topic material: Please don’t re-submit the same contribution many times, or contribute off-topic material in subject-specific areas.
  • No advertising or promotion of irrelevant websites or services
  • Facts and statistics quoted should be supported by the source
  • We may choose not to publish from people submitting an excessive number of contributions in order to facilitate a more balanced debate
  • Off-topic party politicking will not be published
  • No impersonation – please use your full name when posting comments, rather than just initials or a first name

Due to time and cost constraints, we do not have the resources to enter into correspondence with people whose contributions have been rejected.  If this has happened to you, please read the House Rules and re-submit your comment.

4 Responses to About Ask Warwickshire

  1. Pingback: We would like your thoughts on ‘Ask Warwickshire’! « Ask Warwickshire

  2. Tony Gooch says:

    Great Idea early days but this could grow into a very useful and informative tool. Would need to be closely monitored so it doesnt become a moaning shop.

  3. Rebecca Warwick says:

    I agree this is a great idea and think it will grow to be very effective. I found the demographic of the happiness survey vety interesting and wonder how it can be grown as a tool to engage more men and people accross a wider age range. I also love the petitions page – I hadn’t come accross this before – Don’t just moan – petition!

  4. Hi Both, Thanks for your positive comments, we’re looking forward to developing the site further to encourage a broad range of people to get involved………watch this space!

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