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Leading a double life: digital communications in the public sector; words about music for Louder Than War
Leading a double life: digital communications in the public sector; words about music for Louder Than War

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It's been a great 12 years but it's time for me to say goodbye to local government http://www.sarahlay.com/2016/04/so-long-farewell/

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A great week for +Nottinghamshire County Council  - we won Best Public Sector at the UKUX Awards last night for the Digital First project and I'm shortlisted in the Comms2Point0 Lifetime Achievement Awards! 

The latter is for my work in the public sector and in co-founding this network, LocalGov Digital (as well as my work in music journalism and music PR). It's a public vote so if you would like to vote for me you can do so here - http://www.comms2point0unawards.co.uk/lifetime-achievement-award

It's not always easy but great things can happen in the public sector with digital - very proud of the team at Notts for pushing forward with this stuff :) 

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My initial reflections on LocalGovCamp 2015 - includes stuff about intranets, service design, advertising on council websites and sharing the work we're doing at +Nottinghamshire County Council http://www.sarahlay.com/2015/09/localgovcamp-2015/

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Last week I went to CommsCamp in Birmingham. Lots about communications and marketing but some bits more relevant to this group on future leadership and how if you want a successful intranet you need to understand your organisation culture. I blogged some quick thoughts on it all...

http://www.sarahlay.com/2015/07/commscamp15/

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My colleague has blogged on the importance we're placing on language for our new website & the approach we're taking to ensure that every word is needed, is well placed and understandable (and he references Tom Tom Club's Wordy Rappinghood too) https://digitalfirstnotts.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/what-are-words-worth/

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We've blogged about the guerrilla testing we're doing as part of our beta build / content migration for +Nottinghamshire County Council - anyone else doing small on-the-fly tests like these?
https://digitalfirstnotts.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/a-problem-with-behaviour-or-usability-informing-your-content/

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We've just moved the new +Nottinghamshire County Council website into public beta - please take a look and leave some feedback! https://digitalfirstnotts.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/moving-to-beta/

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More detail on the three design prototypes we just put out to usability testing Nottinghamshire County Council, from one of our digital designers, +Carl Bembridge.

https://digitalfirstnotts.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/first-steps-in-design/ 
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