Engagement Resources Predictor

This is software that, like an engagement egg timer, assists public servants to predict the time and resources needed to execute a specific engagement.

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What it might look like: Users can input information about what engagement they’re considering doing, and the software provides an estimation of resources. Alternately, maybe the user can input what time and resources they have, and what they’re trying to achieve, and the software can suggest some engagement methods based on those parameters.



Why the contribution is important

Public servants that want to do better engagement are sometimes put off by the uncertainty of how hard better engagement might be. This Resources Predictor helps remove that uncertainty.

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by ProjectTeam on February 23, 2018 at 01:55PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 2.7
Based on: 10 votes


  • Posted by RossS February 26, 2018 at 15:59

    I like this idea - put in details like scope, timeframes, budget, and provide options - a bit like a diagnostic / advice. This also helps good planning.
  • Posted by Tarek February 26, 2018 at 16:53

    The general idea behind this is good. Because inevitably costs / outputs will vary by context, it might be useful to have rules of thumb (i.e. 'If you have one FTE, do this; if you have seven FTE, consider these options'), rather than an overly prescriptive model that doesn't add too much - perhaps an infographic that can be easily distributed via email / social media / etc.?
    It may also require updating, as new services make consultation easier (i.e. online survey delivery is much easier than it was a few years ago).
  • Posted by Roysul March 02, 2018 at 15:16

    I like this idea. It will save some valuable time and resources. Performing a cost-benefit analysis via a software sounds interesting.
  • Posted by ProjectTeam March 05, 2018 at 17:07

    Hi guys - so what's going on with this one, all the comments are positive, but after 7 votes, it's scoring pretty low!!

    What's up? How come people don't like this idea??? (I'd insert the "chin scratching emoji here if the software allowed it... :) For now, we'll have to settle for this link: https://emojipedia.org/thinking-face/)
  • Posted by berrygiesd March 06, 2018 at 10:34

    This relies on having good metrics available. What worries is the tendency for "quick" rather than quality engagement.
  • Posted by markimark March 07, 2018 at 09:30

    How do you write the rules for such an instrument. I'd like to see one rule written for this that could demonstrate how it works.
  • Posted by TPhillips March 11, 2018 at 08:04

    Great concept if you can pull it off. Never hurts to have a good estimate of resourcing needs. Tarek’s suggestion of general rules of thumb (i.e. engagement X would usually require resources Y) might be more achievable, and more useful than a potentially inaccurate predictor.
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