Digital consultation

Digital media can be used to enhance and extend consultation work with children and young people. Traditional ways of seeking children’s views can be augmented with methods such as online surveys, social media, blogs and video diaries.

These methods should not be seen as a ‘quick fix’. It can be time consuming to design and implement digital consultations, and to encourage young people to engage with them. However, the benefits can be substantial: for example, extending the geographical reach of a consultation, reducing travel costs, and gathering a wide variety of views in different formats.

The videos on this page explain some of the digital consultation methods used by Young Scot, a national youth information and citizenship charity.

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“Engaging people online is engaging people, and that takes just about as much time and effort and energy as it does to have a face to face discussion.”
Tim Davies, Practical Participation