We all know the expression ‘you can’t make policy based on anecdote’; usually deployed when a politician somewhere inputs into a complex policy debate by referencing their cousin’s next door neighbour.
In general the expression is broadly right; making policy based on the odd anecdote is often the easiest way to look silly. However, that does not mean that all anecdotes are necessarily worthless as a means of getting a better understanding of something. After all, understanding user experience, especially in their own words, can be incredibly important.
Whilst the re-launch of this site has primarily been about providing up with a space to write and a means to see if there is a demand for local government podcasting we also wanted to take the opportunity of having our own site to try a few things to see if they might work.
Anecdote corner is one of those things we are going to try.
The idea of anecdote corner is simple. Every so often we will post a topic on our site which we think is interesting and ask our readers to give us examples of their experience of it. Anecdotes themselves don’t prove anything but we hope collecting together the wider experience of multiple officers will provide some colour to the world of local government and help shed some light on it.
To take part is simple; either note your anecdote as a comment to this blog post or visit the forum and post your comment there. If this works and we get enough comments we’ll try and feature them in a blog post and see if we can learn something from the humble anecdote.
This week we thought we’d start with an easy one:
Working with members
If you have a story; positive, negative, humorous, insightful or just something you want to share please do comment. If you need to post it anonymously then a bland user name would achieve that or you can simply drop us an e-mail and we’ll do the rest.
We look forward to hearing from you.