The value of a social services podcast

Published on 23 Jun 2017

BBC radio, iPlayer and topic-specific podcasts such as Woman’s Hour allow people access to a variety of interesting audio content, which can be listened to at a time and place that suits them. The increasing use of mobile devices also means that people can easily access and download audio content when on the move - travelling to and from meetings, driving the car, or when enjoying leisure pursuits such as walks and runs.  
 
Iriss.fm, a Scottish social service podcast has been broadcasting for over five years and we've produced over 180 episodes to date. Iriss.fm provides audio recordings of presentations, interviews, roundtable discussions and events that are related to social services in Scotland. 
 
Our popular topics include attachment, disabilities and child protection, but we have a range of content covering many other topics. We often produce an episode to complement the publication of an Iriss Insight (evidence summary) or to celebrate awareness weeks such as Learning Disability Week or Residential Child Care Week. Example episodes include: Parents with learning disabilities and Why attachment matters.
 
Other than hits and downloads, we don't know a lot about how valuable Iriss.fm (or other audio content) is to those in the social services sector. We’re really keen to understand whether staff are:

  • Interested in listening to audio content 
  • Interested in listening to Iriss.fm content 
  • Finding value in listening to, and using Iriss.fm

 Whatever kind of service you’re working in and at whatever level, we want to hear your views. 
 
We’ve published a 5-10 minute survey which will inform how the podcast is valued and how we can improve it. Even if you haven't heard of Iriss.fm we still want to get your views. 
 
On completion, you can be entered into our draw to win a £50 iTunes voucher. The survey will be open until 30 June.