Last Tuesday, the Data and Search team held our second public event at Newspeak House. At the first outing, Dan Barrett gave a talk about our work and the various problems we're trying to fix. For the second event we decided on a change of format.
MPs can submit questions to the Table Office electronically but the current system has many issues. One of the projects that PDS is currently working on is to improve this submission system. We developed a new interface for submitting questions, to help give MPs feedback about their questions and help them prepare before they ask their question.
The Data and Search team have made good progress over the past two weeks. In this eleventh set of fortnight notes I will try and encapsulate all those happenings!
For those of you who have been reading our blog posts, you may have noticed me mentioning several times the importance of a topic/issue approach to Parliamentary information.
We have spent the past eight weeks researching our website users’ needs and their level of political engagement as part of a discovery phase using different research methods: face-to-face interviews, phone interviews, pop-up research, and an online survey.
After a really busy few days of creating ideas around “Unlocking digital democracy for all”, we're working on providing definitions to complicated words and phrases on our website (Jargon Buster) and supporting the public in connecting them to take some action with Parliament.
Last week, we ran a rapid prototyping event with a company called Fluxx based in Farringdon. A small group of people from across Parliament - the Digital Service, the House of Commons and the House of Lords - gathered at the Fluxx offices, to think about ideas related to 'Unlocking Democracy for All'.
Read how select committees have been using Twitter to crowdsource questions to help them hold ministers and other powerful figures to account on behalf of the public.
Since 2007 Parliament has been using web forums to help committees of MPs gather evidence for their inquiries. Find out how these targeted web forums have helped Parliament to represent the public and hold the Government to account.
We've just started hosting a podcast of PMQs on the UK Parliament SoundCloud account and we’d be interested to hear any suggestions you might have about how we might develop this new service.