Seeking Smart, Low Cost Solutions
Fingal County Council and Cork City Council seek smart, low cost solutions to encourage engagement of the ‘unheard voices’ in decision-making about the future of their place.
Inclusivity is essential to successful local decision making and the challenge that local authorities have is finding ways to identify and track down the people who are silent i.e. the unheard voices, to select the appropriate dialogue methods, be innovative, and look for methods which people find enjoyable in order to inclusively engage.
Speaking about the SBIR Challenge ‘Unheard Voices’ AnnMarie Farrelly, Director of Services, Fingal County Council said: “The initiative provides an exciting opportunity for local authorities to explore innovative methods to inclusively engage and, to also, provide support to different communities of stakeholders in articulating their needs throughout the engagement process.”