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National Conversation Participation

S&T gained valuable insights and lessons learned from the 2015 conversation!

NATIONAL CONVERSATION PARTICIPATION In an effort to reinvent the way federal government conducts research and development, S&T launched the National Conversation on Homeland Security. Technology (National Conversation).  The S&T Collaboration Community had 2,855 participants (December 2015) The Community spanned 41 U.S. states & territories & 19 countries. A total of 1,597 members of the user base actively participated in dialogue discussions Users came from homeland security, public safety, and emergency management 1,597 members of the user base actively participated in dialogue discussions We had 103 ideas posted, 341 comments, and 685 votes on convers. KEY SUCCESSES Overall, the National Conversation succeeded in fulfilling its inaugural objective—to foster exchange between operational users and innovators. Participants across the homeland security spectrum shared hundreds of resources, recommendations, and new ideas. The community-driven connections that provided value to a wide range of participants, including S&T staff. The most active dialogues were Responder of the Future and A Trusted Cyber Future. The organic exchange in these dialogues resulted in new ideas, questions, and comments posted. The outcomes from the popular Trusted Cyber Future dialogue were helpful in updating CSD's strategic R&D plan. Doug Maughan was actively involved from the beginning, resulting in participants feeling connected and motivated to share input. NGFR staff were actively involved in their conversation; posting online content, hosted in-person events, and promotion on multiple platforms. CSD used the S&T Collaboration Community as a tool to capture feedback based on the framework they used for in-person engagements. LESSONS LEARNED, Connect dialogue content more tightly with specific S&T activities. Increase visible involvement of S&T representatives. Diversify engagement mechanisms to allow for conversation capabilities. The S&T Collaboration Community should be used as a complementary tool.

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