Exploring for the Future
STAKEHOLDER RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION STRATEGY
contentgroup was engaged to produce a Communication Strategy for one of Geoscience Australia’s Priority Programs – Exploring for the Future (EFTF).
Exploring for the Future is an Australian Government program, led by Geoscience Australia, dedicated to exploring Australia’s resource potential and boosting investment.
Launched in 2016 with $100.5 million in funding, the program initially focused on northern Australia. In June 2020, the Australian Government announced an additional $125 million of funding, over four years, to expand the program nationwide.
After being extended for another four years, and with a new Program Management Office (PMO) being established, the EFTF team needed to establish clarity around their key stakeholders’ needs, and devise a clear strategy for communicating about this crucial Program and its significant benefits to Australia throughout its lifespan.
Contentgroup’s engagement began with stakeholder interviews. Using a semi-structured one-on-one interview technique, we performed 16 interviews to assess some of EFTF’s key industry, government and academic relationships. The findings from these interviews were condensed into a comprehensive report, the stakeholders were mapped on relevant matrices and recommendations from these interviews were used to inform the development of a communication strategy tailored to the Program.
contentgroup also hosted two workshops with internal staff from the EFTF Projects. These workshops were designed to provide a broader perspective on who stakeholders would be at the Program level, and how to delineate between Program and Project-level communication.
The Exploring for the Future Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy 2020 was crafted based on the insights gained from stakeholder interviews, as well as desktop research. It included recommendations for:
- Communication objectives
- Mitigating communication risks
- Stakeholder segmentation
- Key messaging
- Channels, content types, content frequency
- Measurement and evaluation
- Ongoing stakeholder engagement and research
Once the Strategy had been created, the final step was to produce a Communication Plan specifically tailored to promote EFTF’s Data Portal. This Portal includes publicly available scientific data and information gathered during the EFTF program.
The Plan provided recommendations for:
- Raising the profile of the Portal amongst relevant audiences
- Supporting audiences through their use of the Portal
- Creating advocates to promote and recommend the Portal
- Appropriate key messaging, channels, content types and frequencies
- Measurement and evaluation practices
Scope of work and variables
- Stakeholder interviews and transcripts (x16)
- Stakeholder Interviews Findings Report
- Ongoing stakeholder research recommendations
- EFTF Communication Strategy
- EFTF Portal Communication Plan