Invitation to shape the development of the Homes and Communities Agency's Hub
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are delighted to invite you to participate in an exciting opportunity to shape the development of a major new resource, the HCA Hub website. The HCA Hub will provide accessible learning and knowledge resources including:
- Diagnostic tools
- How-to guides
- E-learning programmes
- Best practice case studies
- Research reports and
- Policy documents
The Hub is being developed by the HCA Academy, the skills arm of the HCA. CLES Consulting has been commissioned by the HCA Academy to set-up and manage a panel of practitioners, the ‘Friends of the Hub’, who will review the value and usability of Hub resources. The HCA Hub will be designed to be practical and practitioner-focused, and they need your input to help ensure this.
Becoming a ‘Friend of the Hub’ – what’s involved?
Members of the ‘Friends of the Hub’ panel will review specific HCA Hub resources, undertaking a short (10-15 minute) web-based survey every four months. Prior to each survey, you will be sent a relevant resource for review. The survey will subsequently explore whether the resource was useful to you, and in what way, and the effect it has had (or is likely to have) on your working practice. HCA are seeking panel members who will commit to undertaking four such surveys through to March 2011. They would like panel members to be involved throughout this period, and so will ensure that the demands on your time are kept to a minimum.
How will I benefit?
HCA anticipate that the panel will generate considerable interest because members will be integral to the development of this new website for the sector. In addition, all panel members will receive bespoke membership of the CLES network, including free electronic access to CLES publications, and discounted access to CLES events and training. HCA are also offering panel members preferential access to the Academy’s free online sustainable communities workshops, In a Nutshell, until 30th September 2010. The workshops provide participants with an understanding of sustainable communities and are currently being reviewed ready for accreditation next year, providing participants with a formal qualification. Panel members will have the opportunity to ‘fast track’ on to the workshops ahead of the waiting list.
How do I sign up?
If you are interested in joining the panel, please click on the following link, where you will be asked to register your interest and answer some background questions in the Introductory 'Friends of the hub' survey. HCA will use the answers to develop a final short-list of panel members, and will contact you again in mid-December.
If there are other people you know whom you think might be interested in becoming panel members, either within your organisation or externally, please let them know. Finally, should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the HCA, by either emailing email@example.com or calling 0161 236 7036.