Register Your Interest in our Carlow Digital Communities Network project
DATA ANALYSIS, COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE BANK, INNOVATIVE SOLUTION, ALL ON ONE PLATFORM
…we provide online tools and offline workshops to support community development. You’ll receive access to information relevant to your town, by category, by area, by population, whatever you wish. We have made the process simple.
Our packages are customised to the particular needs of the communities we work with. Please explore our website for further information and if you would like an assessment of your community fill in the form on the queries page.
HOW CAN WE HELP
- We save you that most precious commodity, time.
- We do the analysis, you make fast, evidence based decisions.
- Build community capacity
- Provides an evidence-based approach to bottom-up community development
- Helps bring together like-minded people from across the community to take action on projects
- Full range of auditing tools to better understand local communities
- Facilitate community participation and discussion.
- Helps communities gain greater understanding of the issues facing their community.
- Helps communities identify and act on the opportunities within their area.
Effective community development requires a mix of hard and soft skills. The ‘hard’ skills include collecting data relevant to the community, making funding applications, managing assets and that sort of thing and the ‘soft’ are primarily about enabling people to work together really well for the common good. What happens often, in practice, is the hard skills get in the way of the soft. Meetings can end up being technical, boring and excluding of those that don’t have the relevant expertise and then things just don’t work very well. What Pat and eTownz are developing is a set of tools that will make a lot of the ‘hard’ stuff easier, by creating a platform which enables all members of the community to share in defining priorities and plans and to work together inclusively to better and better effect. Put simply, the future of our communities depends on how well people work together. If we can get the technology right to support this, then that can make a tremendous difference.
Community Development Facilitator
Ann Phelan, Former Minister for Rural Affairs
Ultimately, it is all about local people, local business and local community. The eTownz programme epitomizes what my brief as Minister for Rural Economic Development is all about, in providing the essential tools necessary for communities to improve upon and drive their own local economies, allowing them to participate in their own rejuvenation. I know first hand that there are a lot of communities out there ready and willing to fight back, they have great potential and it is important that resources are targeted to those areas. eTownz can play a pivotal role in this regard. I wish eTownz the very best for the future, their platform and suite of community development solution have promise to become key tools in the rejuvenation of towns across the country.
Former Minister of State for Rural Economic Development and Social Enterprise
Dr Maura Farrell
Community rejuvenation, development and sustainability are increasingly key issues of concern within both a community and policy context, not only from an Irish perspective, but also on an international basis. Having carried out extensive work within the context of community and rural development, the issues that lie ahead are not, should communities initiate change for survival, but how do they go about doing this? eTownz are developing a holistic on-line platform that will allow communities, not only to explore the advantage and disadvantages of their community, but also to provide a clear direction of progression into the future. eTownz is both innovative and novel, has an identifiable market within Ireland and beyond and can assist in bringing local, small or large communities into an age where the internet can play a key role in igniting community development and sustainability.
Director of MA in Rural Sustainability,
Lecturer, School of Geography and Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Liam McCarton C.Eng
In 2014/15 we launched a development challenge initiative sponsored by Irish Aid entitled “Where there is no Engineer – Designing for Community Resilience”. This is a design initiative delivered in partnership with Concern Worldwide, Engineers Ireland and Engineers without Borders Ireland. Outstanding teams from each region were invited to participate in the National Finals where their work was reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of judges. Pat Kennedy and the team at eTownz submitted a project as part of this competition entitled www.Knowledge4dev.org and were invited to participate in the national finals. Both myself and the other judges were very impressed with the online development platform being worked on by them. We hope over the coming years to develop synergies with their system in the future and we see huge possibilities for their solutions in the international development sector across the world. We are currently scoping possible applications within our projects in Ireland and overseas.
Director, Engineers Without Borders Ireland Development Technology Research Group, School of Civil & Structural Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology
I have worked with the guys at eTownz through the Downtown Portlaoise project. The team were extremely helpful in aiding us with marketing this group through Facebook. By building Facebook apps for our page, eTownz have helped us increase engagement and interactivity. Pat and the team are always easily contactable and ever willing to help whenever we need them. I look forward to continued work with eTownz and would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to promote their community online.
Project Co-ordinator Downtown Portlaoise
Free Community Assessment
Please fill in our query form and let us know what community you would like us to assess. We have a bank of publicly available data on all communities in Ireland, we will analyse this information and prepare a short ideas report on our findings within 7 days.