The Scottish Government has invited What Works Scotland co-director Oliver Escobar to bring his expertise on public participation, government and democracy to its Digital Communications Programme.

Head and shoulders photo of Dr Oliver EscobarThe Digital Communications Programme is creating the conditions for changing the way the Scottish Government communicates, using digital to help it become a more open, accessible government.

Dr Escobar leads the What Works Scotland work on Community Engagement and Capacity Building and co-leads on Partnerships and Governance.

He’ll sit on the Digital Communications Programme Board as a non-executive member with a remit to provide external challenge and insight.

Dr Escobar said, “I’m delighted to able to contribute from a research and public engagement perspective to the Digital Communications Programme, and I look forward to participating in the Board’s work to support digital futures in Scotland.”

The Digital Communications Programme’s objectives are to:

  • improve collaboration with citizens, stakeholders and colleagues to enhance the quality and democratic legitimacy of policy-making
  • improve the staff experience of work by providing easy to use digital platforms and giving people the confidence and skills to make best use of available tools
  • transform the way the Scottish Government engages with people in Scotland and around the world by making best use of new participative digital technologies
  • enhance the Scottish Government’s reputation as a transparent, trusted and respected organisation that communicates effectively.

See more about Dr Escobar and his work with What Works Scotland.