Over the last couple of months, the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee at the National Assembly for Wales has asked the people of Wales to decide what issues they should be investigating.
Although Assembly committees regularly involve the public in its work, and have done so using a variety of techniques (including events, focus groups, web-chats, surveys, video interviews, workshops, and crowdsourcing apps), this is the first time an Assembly committee has asked the people of Wales to decide a future committee inquiry.
How they sourced ideas
The chair of the Committee, Bethan Jenkins AM sat down with James Williams from BBC Wales to talk about the newly formed committee on Facebook live, the first time the National Assembly had ever done so. Bethan encouraged people to get in touch, and make suggestions for priority areas.
The Committee invited people to suggest ideas on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail, and also held an event at the National Eisteddfod to continue the conversation.
What people said
A number of suggestions were received from a mix of organisations, groups and individuals, which were then grouped and presented to the Committee. The members then cross referenced this public list with the priority areas they had identified in a planning session they had held.
There was a lot of common ground between the Committee members’ priority areas and the public list, including:
- how the ambition of achieving a million Welsh speakers can be achieved
- concern at the continuing decline of local media and local news journalism
- lack of portrayal of Wales on UK broadcast networks
- the role of Radio in Wales
- the remit, funding and accountability of S4C