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Not sure how to use your training points on a Leadership Academy course? Irene Docherty is a recent Empowering Women graduate and joined us in Sheffield a couple of weeks ago.

She was part of the team that worked a project designed to attract more women into information technology roles in the public sector: bee positive, bee brave and bee bold!

Read about how she found the course in a new Q&A.

Missed the in-person Sheffield conference day? Catch-up here: Reimagining communities and places: a journey through data, technologies and service design

The presentations are also available, but do remember to log in first so you can see them.

Two of your Socitm colleagues were panellists at last week’s Powering Digital Public Services 2024 (hosted by UK Authority). Catch up with their presentations:

Digital Trends report authors Jos Creese and Martin Ferguson wrote about the pantheon of possibilities to improve outcomes for people, communities and places.

It’s not always easy to travel so keep an eye on the webinar schedule (which are mostly weekly – there are 2 next week) as there’s a variety of topics covered there. And in the events list below are included online events from partners and things that I spot that I’m sure you’ll find relevant and useful.

ICYMI Socitm and NILGA have joined forces
One of the immediate actions will see Socitm colleagues meet with NILGA members in Northern Ireland, to gain a more thorough understanding of the sector’s dynamics, and the specific challenges faced by its members.

Take care. I hope you can have a great weekend.

Best wishes,


Your Resource Hub

From Digital Trends 2024: Local and national leadership

The real challenge with digital strategies, ‘roadmaps’, ‘playbooks’, and ‘blueprints’ lies in their implementation. That is the task for public services in all countries in 2024, balancing:

  • The needs and interests of citizens
  • Hyper-local services
  • Regional development
  • National government interests

This implementation challenge in 2024 brings together national, regional, and local priorities in joined-up digital projects.

You might have missed…

Watch the webinar hosted by Socitm Advisory: Tackling technical debt and reshaping service delivery.

For ease of viewing, the recording is divided into easy to navigate chapters, with subtitles and transcript available via the video player toolbar.

Website accessibility

Log in to check your Silktide Score and to complete your Digital Accessibility Maturity Assessment.

You will need a user account on to access member-only resources. Let us know if need any support.

Local Digital evaluation study update

Understanding the needs of local government

It has been almost a year since DLUHC commissioned an independent evaluation of the Local Digital programme. You can now find an update on the evaluation process, some key findings so far, and the benefits for councils that share their insights on our website.

They and we are also asking all councils in England to complete our evaluation survey, even if you’ve done so previously, to ensure that we have a comprehensive set of responses from across local government.

To hear more about this and ask questions about the study and survey, you can attend our webinar on Thursday 21 March (11am to 12pm).


March’s virtual courses

  • Tuesday 19 March: Workshop on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion | Teams | 1 point | CPD-certified
  • Thursday 21 March: Change Agent Reflector: Tech to transform (part 5 of 6)

April’s CPD-certified virtual workshops

May and June’s in-person and virtual courses

Training places are included in your organisational membership – subject to availability and membership level. If you have any questions or would like further information, please email the training team.


Member-only meetings

Meet people for catching-up, problem sharing (and solving) and great networking.

Free webinars and events from Socitm and our partners

Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub.

Webinars are open to anyone in the public sector, membership is not necessary, so please do share them with your network.

Come and say hello

  • Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May: DigiGov Expo (London)
    Join Nadira Hussain, Mark Lumley and Sam Smith on Wednesday
  • Tuesday 21 May: PublicTechnology Live 2024 (London)
    Incoming President Carol Williams is a panellist for Are times too tough for local government transformation?

President’s Conference

Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June in Birmingham

Socitm Awards 2024 are live
Awards celebrating local and regional government success are handed out to winners at the gala dinner on the evening of the first day of President’s Conference. This year that will be on Wednesday 12 June.
Log in to your account on to see what is included in your organisation’s membership for the annual conference.

PublicTechnology Live 2024

What’s now, and what’s next for public sector digital and data?
09.00 to 15:45 on Tuesday 21 May (London)
Free to all public sector employees

This year’s PublicTechnology Live will focus on how public bodies can use digital platforms and data to meet the major challenges – and rise to the significant opportunities – they currently face.
Explore how the sector is preparing for a future where emerging technologies such as generative AI and the Internet of Everything could profoundly change how every organisation operates.
Socitm Vice-President Carol Williams will join a host of leading speakers for this insightful event.

Thank you for reading (or scrolling) this far! Just one more thing…

Is Google Getting Worse? An interesting episode of the Freakonomics podcast.