Subject: National Assembly media web chat
From: ██████████
Date: 02/12/2011 09:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:;

Dear all


Apologies for the lateness of this email but a big thank you for taking part in the National Assembly for Wales’s first ever webchat on Monday.


Not only was it our first ever webchat but it was arranged as part of an inquiry into the future outlook of the media in Wales which means the contributions in it form part of the evidence which will help to form the task and finish group’s findings. Although my research isn’t exhaustive, I can’t find examples of any other UK legislature trying something similar. I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has.


I am also interested in getting your thoughts and feedback on the webchat itself. I didn’t expect it to be perfect first time out but I hope it is something we can build on, improve and use again in the future.


I would like to know what worked and what didn’t work for you. Were there too many people and too many conversations? Did you feel you got your points across and that they were taken on board? Was the chat disjointed? Could it have been arranged better? I know one or two of you wanted to take part but didn’t receive an invite and there was some quick tweeting and emailing of links to bring you in. For that, I apologise.


Should we have used the webchat earlier on in the inquiry and perhaps followed up some of the suggestions with a more formal request for detailed evidence from contributors afterwards? Should a webchat be a way of gathering suggestions of ideas and issues to set the terms of reference for an inquiry rather than be a part of it?


I am also aware the twitter hashtag simply didn’t work, we didn’t promote it enough and it didn’t spark conversation and reaction outside of the chat. We will look at how we use hashtags again.


I don’t want us to sit back and think we’ve been innovative and leave it at that. I want it to be the beginning of a strategy setting out new ways of how we engage with people, what we see as evidence and, most importantly, how do we show people the contributions they have taken the time to make effect the Assembly’s work and, ultimately, life in Wales.


I would appreciate any feedback, either positive or negative, you can offer.


Once again I thank you for taking part.


Yours sincerely










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