Public Achievement web site a finalist for prestigious award

Congratulations to Public Achievement Northern Ireland! The program's WIMPS (Where is My Public Servant?) website and project has been named a finalist in the education category for the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award. Hundreds of entries were submitted for the award, which honors the best examples of "information and communication technologies that show convincing benefits to people and communities, wide impact, and proof of future sustainability."

The overall award winner will be announced during Challenge Week in Stockholm in May, and WIMPS is hoping to send a delegation to meet fellow finalists and take part in workshops, tours and other events.



Well, we didn't get the overall award, but the recognition was fantastic, and the project is going from strength to strength. We are about to create our first international iteration of the site with colleagues in the Basque Country (Spain). We also have had a number of politicians contact us to ask when they are going to be interviewed for the site - including a government Minister (Secretary in the US I think) and a local member of the European Parliament! One of the refreshing things about Northern Ireland these days, is the level of access we have to our politicians - we sometimes forget how fortunate we are!

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs