NIPSCF autumn and winter activity schedule announced

We are pleased to launch our schedule of activity to take place over the Autumn and Winter months. The feedback from NIPSCF members from post-webinar questionnaires and our Wellbeing Survey earlier this year has been invaluable in shaping this programme. Highlights include: A guide to creating social media videos from the Department of Justice’s Social Media Editor, Sinead Neill  The second in our series of sessions from the UK Government’s Digital Service to help communicators navigate the recent accessibility guidelines for digital content. Vicki Caddy from Age NI will talk [...]

2021-11-08T14:28:38+00:00 November 8th, 2021|

Ciarrai Conlan appointed chair of Northern Ireland Public Sector Communications Forum

Ciarrai Conlan, Head of Media and External Communications at the Department of Finance, was today announced as the new chair of the Northern Ireland Public Sector Communications Forum. Ciarrai will bring her fifteen years’ experience in communications to the Forum which aims to build skills, establish partnerships and support public sector communications. Ciarrai’s appointment comes as the Forum unveiled their new programme for the autumn. Commenting on her appointment, Ciarrai Conlan said: "I’m delighted to be appointed chair of the Forum. I would like [...]

2021-11-09T09:57:36+00:00 November 8th, 2021|

CIM Event ‘Raising our game’ – discount for NIPSCF members

Event details Date: Thursday 28 November  2019 Venue: The Mac, Belfast Registration and networking is from 09:00; the event starts at 09:30 and finishes at 13:30. Helping marketing professionals to adapt and respond to significant themes of change. This Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) conference will provide marketing professionals from all sectors with valuable tools and insights that will give them the confidence and the advantage they need during these times of change. CIM are giving NI Public Sector Communications Forum (NIPSCF) members the opportunity to book at the CIM discounted [...]

2019-11-07T10:52:48+00:00 November 7th, 2019|

Review of the NIPSCF Communications Academy and Excellence Awards

My favourite training days are those where you learn something new, you meet someone new, you get a little bit of reassurance about what you’re already doing and some inspiration to try some new things too.  I got all of those things from our second annual Communications Academy and first Excellence in Public Sector Communications Awards on Thursday 21 March. I hope our delegates did too! The NIPSCF Steering Group is truly indebted to our wonderful speakers who gave up their time to come and share their expertise.  They inspired [...]

2019-04-02T19:15:25+00:00 April 2nd, 2019|

The 2019 NIPSCF Public Sector Communications Excellence Awards are open!

The NI Public Sector Communications Forum will this year stage its inaugural awards to celebrate excellence in public sector communications. The NIPSCF was set up in April 2016 and is made up of communications professionals from Northern Ireland Executive departments, local authorities and arms-length bodies. The forum exists to build skills, establish partnerships and support professional communications excellence. We launched the NIPSCF Guide to Modern Public Sector Communications in the same year, which aims to set the highest possible standards for communication staff across public sector organisations. Communications leads signed [...]

2019-02-04T21:03:21+00:00 February 4th, 2019|

NIPSCF August Newsletter

Have you seen our August newsletter?  If not, have a look here! NIPSCF Newsletter August 2018 It's packed full of 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      

2019-01-25T18:37:31+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.

2019-01-25T20:35:32+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|