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Griesbach & Associates - Social Research for Policy and Practice

Community Engagement / Consultation analysis

Scotland’s communities are a rich source of creativity and talent. Bringing communities together to talk to each other and work on the things that matter to them is a key way of unlocking that resource. In the context of regeneration, communities themselves have an important role to play in influencing and delivering aspects of the process, and it has been recognised that community involvement is likely to result in more sustainable and successful outcomes.

Griesbach & Associates have extensive experience of developing and carrying out surveys, facilitating constructive group discussions, conducting interactive public meetings, and using a wide range of participative consultation methods. We also have a reputation for carrying thorough and high-quality analysis of written consultation responses. Our projects in this area have included:

Dunkeld and Birnam - development of community objectives for the A9 dualling project
(Client: Dunkeld and Birnam A9 Community Group, 2017)
Dawn is supporting associate, Elizabeth Leighton (lead consultant) to organise and lead a series of community discussions to find out about what is important to local people in relation to the A9 dualling project. The output from this project is intended to be a clear set of community objectives which set alongside Transport Scotland's objectives for the A9 and used to inform a co-created design for the new motorway.

A community survey on the Crieff revitalisation scheme
(Client: Crieff & Upper Strathearn Partnership, 2010)
As part of an effort to encourage regeneration of the town centre of Crieff (a small town in rural Perthshire with a population of around 7,000), Griesbach & Associates carried out a survey of a demographically and geographically representative sample of the town’s residents in Autumn 2010. The survey sought residents’ views on a wide range of issues related to social and economic development of the town, parking and transportation and townscape improvement. The questionnaire, which was administered on-line and in paper form, also included four open-ended questions which asked local residents about their aspirations for the town. The findings of this survey were formally launched at the Crieff Hydro Hotel in November 2010 to an audience of over 150 community residents, local business owners and local government representatives. This meeting was also attended by two Scottish Government Ministers.
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Consultation analysis projects

Between 2012 - 2017, Griesbach & Associates were part of a Scottish Government Framework Agreement for consultation analysis. During this period, we carried out dozens of consultation analysis projects in almost every policy area. Some of our projects included:

Talking Fracking: A consultation on unconventional oil and gas - Analysis of consultation responses
(Client:  Scottish Government, 2012)
This consultation received more than 60,000 responses, making it the second largest consultation response ever received by the Scottish Government. The findings of this consultation led to a permanent ban on fracking in Scotland. Dawn was the lead researcher, working together with associates Jennifer Waterton and Alison Platts.
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Your Scotland, Your Referendum An analysis of consultation responses
(Client:  Scottish Government, 2012)
Dawn was the lead researcher, working together with associates Lucy Robertson (Craigforth), Jennifer Waterton and Anne Birch, on this large-scale consultation analysis.   The consultation received more than 26,000 responses. The findings of this consultation informed the arrangements for Scotland's independence referendum, held in September 2014.
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Other projects in this area:

  • Consultation on draft statutory guidance for parts 4, 5 and 18 (Section 96) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014: An analysis of responses (with A Platts, J Waterton and S Campbell) — for the Scottish Government
  • Public health review – analysis of responses to the engagement paper (with J Waterton) — for the Scottish Government
  • Proposals to introduce a statutory duty of candour, and proposals for an offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care settings (with A Platts) — for the Scottish Government
  • Drug driving: proposed regulations — an analysis of consultation responses — for the Scottish Government
  • Promoting responsible dog ownership: microchipping and other measures. An analysis of consultation responses (with J Waterton) — for the Scottish Government
  • Findings from a survey about the Crieff-to-Comrie core path — for Crieff Community Trust
  • Consultation on the draft Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme: Analysis of responses (with E Leighton) — for the Scottish Government
  • Consultation on amending the Schools (Consultation)(Scotland) Act 2010: Analysis of written responses — for the Scottish Government
  • Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 Stage 1 Consultation — An analysis of responses (with A Platts and J Waterton) — for the Scottish Government
  • Proposals for licensing air weapons in Scotland — Analysis of consultation responses (with A Platts) — for the Scottish Government
  • Shaping Scotland’s court services:  Analysis of consultation responses (with A Platts and J Waterson) — for the Scottish Court Service, 2012-13.
  • Improving advocacy for children and young people:  Principles and minimum standards.  Analysis of consultation responses (with J Waterton) — for the Scottish Government, 2012.
  • Devolution of Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans: Consultation Analysis (with C Sharp and A Birch under the auspices of Research for Real) — for the Scottish Government, 2012.
  • Analysis of responses to the consultation on Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland — for the Scottish Government, 2008.
  • Analysis of responses to the consultation on Scotland’s Hepatitis C Action Plan — for the Scottish Government, 2006.
  • Review of nursing in the community — for the Scottish Executive, 2006.
  • Consulting local policy makers, planners and practitioners regarding the provision of services in remote and rural areas of Scotland (facilitation of consultation event) — for the Scottish Executive Effective Interventions Unit, 2005
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