The Cork Smart Gateway has collaborated with researchers from the International Energy Research Centre, hosted in Tyndall National Institute, to develop surveys which invite Cork people to have their say on future development of Cork. The CorkCitiEngage team is currently rolling out surveys in schools, door-to-door and online, giving people a chance to express their views on their participation in public issues, digital skills, and use of public infrastructure.
The purpose of the survey is to gather information on how people currently engage with public policy and decision-making in Cork. The survey uses an innovative and original ‘smart’ approach with employs crowd-sourced information-gathering, using student volunteers going door-to-door and an additional online survey. The crowd-sourced methodology is an experiment that will shed light on the possibility of sharing risks, resources, and expertise when carrying out this type of research. The online public survey is currently open, and since October, CorkCitiEngage student volunteers have been visiting Cork neighbourhoods to ask people what they think about their involvement with public policy matters.
The survey results will help identify and prioritise ‘Smart Gateway’ initiatives for Cork which will apply smart solutions to improve the physical realm in areas including energy conservation and mobility. In addition to the public survey, an online survey link has been sent to secondary schools and youth reach centres to get a younger perspective on engagement with public policy. A separate survey link has been distributed to local government officials in Cork City Council and Cork County Council to indicate the baseline level of public engagement in Cork.
CorkCitiEngage volunteers will be going door-to-door with surveys in 20 areas in Cork until December 31st 2015, and members of the public who wish to participate in the online survey can do so here.