Part of the core work of the SMILE Project was to engage with stakeholders on both sides of the Solway in new and innovative ways in order to raise awareness and also gather public input into the project, boosting the local knowledge included and also making the feedback gathered as representative as possible.
A variety of methods were used throughout the project to engage with stakeholders. These methods became exclusively online from early 2020 in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
The page below provides a list of all of the engagement events which were attended over the course of the project where the engagement questions were directly asked to attendees.
The Project Officer attended and contributed to many other events over the course of the project where the Review was promoted to stakeholders, although engagement questions were not directly asked. Examples include the Solway Firth Partnership Annual General meetings for 2019 and 2020 where a presentation and video update were given, respectively, as well as the Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair 2020, where the project officer provided a marine themed arts and crafts video.
Other sections within the Engagement Chapter discuss;
- Engagement Outputs
- SEASS & SEAES Engagement
- Solway Photo Series – Dumfries and Galloway
- Solway Photo Series – Cumbria
The methods of engagement used included the following;
- Typeform Survey
- Social Media engagement through ‘stories’ and posts
- Youtube videos
- Input to online events
- Event Presence – informal discussions
- iPad engagement to explore of the review and voting
- In-person Voting System
- Flipchart version
- Clipboard version