An 'Audience' is a specific respondent group. Adding Audiences to your consultation can help respondents search for consultations that might be applicable to them.
Audiences are an optional site-wide feature which can be enabled when you are initially setting up your Citizen Space instance.
Audiences are grouped within 'Categories' and both are a required field in order to publish a consultation.
Examples of Audiences and Categories
Audiences: All residents, Black and minority ethnic people, Carers, Young people, Older people, Disabled people
Audiences: Businesses, Faith groups, Community groups, Employees, Voluntary organisations
How to add and edit Categories and Audiences
Only Site Admin users can create and edit the site-wide Audiences and Categories, which show up as options that can be applied to all consultations across the site. It's good practice to decide on your Audiences before you begin creating any consultations.
1. Click on the Audiences link in the 'Manage' bar. If you cannot see Audiences you may not be set-up as a Site-admin.
2. Then, add your first Category:
Each new Category you add will go to the bottom of your Categories list.
3. Next, add Audiences to your Category:
4. Repeat this process until all of your Categories and Audiences have been added.
You may disable or edit your Categories and Audiences at any time. However, take care when doing so, as if you change a Category and/or Audience that is used in an open consultation, you could skew your results.
It is not possible to delete Categories or Audiences.
You may download a list of your Audiences by clicking on the download link on the Audiences page.
Other customer examples
To give an idea on what Audiences would be appropriate for your consultations here are some Citizen Space clients who have set up relevant Audiences for their consultations:
- London Borough of Barnet
- Bristol City
- London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
- North West Leicestershire