During the NiCE project, we have had several very successful site visits to cities such as Manchester, Linkoping, Eindhoven and Warsaw.   Now at this stage of the project, we are thinking about how to make best use of the remaining site visits.

We think it would be valuable to arrange a study visit where signatory cities provide feedback to the NiCE team to inform our project development.  Since the NiCE project is moving into focused outreach and communications, connecting the site visit to study visits is a good way of doing this.
e.g. a group of city reps could visit a city and talk to the ‘developer community’ who provide green digital solutions for a particular city.  This would help them think about what products and services they commission in their own cities and they could provide feedback to us in what insights they gained while they were there.
This approach would help city representatives focus on how to gain insight, give a clear objective to the visit and perhaps help add confidence to the visitors – often people might feel embarrassed or shy about asking questions for themselves.  Asking questions for the NiCE team might be a good way focusing the visit.  The feedback provided can be made available through the Noticeboard section of the toolkit, so other cities can benefit from it as well.
We have suggested this to one of the cities, so let’s see what they say…
 

During the NiCE project, we have had several very successful site visits to cities such as Manchester, Linkoping, Eindhoven and Warsaw.   Now at this stage of the project, we are thinking about how to make best use of the remaining site visits.

We think it would be valuable to arrange a study visit where signatory cities provide feedback to the NiCE team to inform our project development.  Since the NiCE project is moving into focused outreach and communications, connecting the site visit to study visits is a good way of doing this.
e.g. a group of city reps could visit a city and talk to the ‘developer community’ who provide green digital solutions for a particular city.  This would help them think about what products and services they commission in their own cities and they could provide feedback to us in what insights they gained while they were there.
This approach would help city representatives focus on how to gain insight, give a clear objective to the visit and perhaps help add confidence to the visitors – often people might feel embarrassed or shy about asking questions for themselves.  Asking questions for the NiCE team might be a good way focusing the visit.  The feedback provided can be made available through the Noticeboard section of the toolkit, so other cities can benefit from it as well.
We have suggested this to one of the cities, so let’s see what they say…