How Can Councillors Use Social Media for Scrutiny?

On 11th June we are holding an @LDBytes Digital Discovery Day to coincide with Scrutiny Camp.  It’s part of our scrutiny bytes project.

Scrutiny content is increasingly being made available digitally.  Online minutes and agendas have been around for a long time but social media such as twitter, facebook and interactive webcasts give councillors the chance to engage with the public in new and immediate ways.  Scrutiny officers can produce content that can be shared through social media but surely it should be the councillors that lead the online debates?

Scrutiny conversations are familiar to councillors.  They can be about the performance of a service; work on policy or strategy development; the holding to account of Cabinet Members or other decision makers; or the planning that is done for the scrutiny work process.  Conversations might be short, as part of a single meeting, or long, such as those that take place as part of an in depth review or inquiry.

But how should councillors use social media to have these scrutiny conversations?  Many councillors are already making the most of digital to support their roles.  But there are few examples of scrutiny work being supported in this way.  The purpose of this post, therefore, is to start a conversation about how councillors can make the most of digital for scrutiny and to pick up some tips that can be shared.  Some questions we would like to ask:

  • What examples are there of councillors using social media to support their scrutiny work?
  • What advice would you give to scrutiny councillors thinking about using social media for the first time?
  • What aspects of scrutiny work best with social media?
  • What social media tools are the best to use for scrutiny?
  • What are the pitfalls of using digital for scrutiny – how can they be avoided?


If you can't make it to scrutinycamp then join in on twitter throughout the day - we aim to have a session running at about 12.20 so catch the conversation then!



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