NIPSCF August Newsletter

Did you see our August newsletter?  If not have a look here! NIPSCF Newsletter August 2018 It was packed full information and booking details for our upcoming Forum training events and our First Annual NIPSCF Survey. If you're not on our mailing list, please send an email request to      

2018-09-10T15:16:59+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

Please take the first annual NIPSCF Skills Survey

In order to best understand how the Forum can support you, we have designed the first annual NIPSCF Skills Survey. This survey of NIPSCF members is not a test; nor is it designed to assess your performance. Instead, it is designed to support effective decision making about skills gaps and development opportunities across the profession. It is also to help you assess your development needs across the capabilities outlined in the Guide to Modern Public Sector Communications. The Forum steering group will use the findings from this first annual survey to [...]

2018-08-31T14:48:40+00:00 August 31st, 2018|

Updated Evaluation Framework

The recently updated UK Government Communication Evaluation Framework 2.0  provides guidance for communicators across the wider public sector to measure the success of work and appraise activities.  Evaluation remains a critical function for delivering effective communication activity, and this guide will help anyone working in the sector plan campaigns that can be meaningfully evaluated.  The Framework is based on the latest industry thinking and reflects the needs of a modern, integrated and outcome focused communications function.

2018-08-31T11:01:52+00:00 August 31st, 2018|


In July, Michelle Canning and Arlene McPhillips travelled to  Birmingham for #Commscamp at the invite of one of its founders, Dan Slee.  For those not familiar with#Commscamp, it's an ‘unconference’, a fresh take on a conference with an informal and laid back approach, encouraging optimum participation with comms people from across the public sector and from all levels of organisations. The agenda gets drawn-up on the day. Learn more about#Commscamp here. There can be up to 30 sessions, each proposed and facilitated by attendees. Trust us. It works. And there's cake! #Commscamp Birmingham gave us the opportunity to network, get creative, share [...]

2018-08-31T12:51:28+00:00 August 31st, 2018|

Public Sector Marketing Pros Dublin Digital Marketing Summit

The Public Sector Digital Marketing Summit, the first dedicated digital marketing gathering for public sector professionals in Ireland, took place in the Mansion House Dublin on Thursday, 14th June. The summit looked at how the public sector across Ireland is undergoing a digital transformation, with in-house marketing and communication staff embracing social media and digital communications. There was a great range of speakers, from digital organisations like Google and public sector bodies such as Dublin Fire Brigade to journalists and broadcasters. High points included Chris Adamczyk of the Mesa Law [...]

2018-06-18T14:13:52+00:00 June 18th, 2018|

First Belfast Comms Academy sets a gold standard

The first ever Belfast Communications Academy, held jointly by the Government Communication Service and the NI Public Sector Comms forum, took place at the Mount Conference Centre in Belfast last Thursday. We had a great turnout - the 50 spaces sold out in 36 hours and we had a waiting list of more than twenty. Public sector comms professionals from across Northern Ireland came to see a packed agenda featuring Alex Aiken from GCS, Michelle Canning from the Housing Executive, Ann Williamson from DfE, Ella Fallows from Facebook, Peter McBride [...]

2018-05-21T15:34:22+00:00 May 21st, 2018|

Women in PR NI launches in Belfast

Over 50 women gathered for the inaugural Women in PR NI event in Belfast city centre on Thursday 26th April. The women, from all communications disciplines, came together for an evening workshop to identify the barriers they face and to work together to begin to identify solutions. Women in PR NI is a new programme launched by Michelle Canning, Head of PR with the Housing Executive and Sara McCracken, Head of Marketing, Research and Communication with the Controlled Schools Support Council. The not for profit programme aims to ensure there are no barriers to women participating in [...]

2018-05-22T11:30:40+00:00 May 14th, 2018|

Regional Communications Academy to take place in Belfast

The first Regional Communications Academy to be held in Northern Ireland will take place in Belfast on Thursday the 17th of May at the Mount Conference Centre, Belfast. It's part of the GCS Regional Communications Academy Programme, a new series of exciting professional development conferences being held across the UK in 2018. The NIPSCF is delighted to be partnering with GCS on the Belfast event. This all day event is free to attend, though you must book in advance. Lunch will be provided. Book online Delegates will have the [...]

2018-04-24T15:24:32+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

Public sector communications stars shine at the DANI awards

Friday night saw public sector comms teams among those recognised for their achievements in digital communication at the eighth DANI awards, which celebrate the best of Northern Ireland’s digital communications. The award ceremony was held at Belfast's Whitla Hall and compered by Scissor Sisters vocalist Ana Matronic. Since 2011, the DANI Awards have been searching for the best talent and online technologies from individuals and corporations both large and small who push limits and deliver innovation and impact. This year the Probation Board for Northern Ireland won the award for [...]

2018-04-16T16:38:34+00:00 April 16th, 2018|

Sign up to the NIPSCF guide!

After the recent launch of our official guide to modern public sector communications in Northern Ireland, we would now like to ask you to formalise your support for our work and our values. We understand that many of you are working in small teams, with limited budget and resource. That’s why we have developed the NIPSCF guide – to help all NI public sector organisations deliver more to their audiences for less, making the most of what is available and encouraging collaboration with peers across the sector. The guide sets [...]

2018-03-11T18:31:06+00:00 December 7th, 2017|