Large scale public engagement
We have worked on a number of projects that meant finding creative
ways to run consultation and engagement processes. For example,
the Committee on Radioactive
Waste Management (CoRWM) asked us to find ways to engage with
large numbers of lay people all over the UK about the public acceptability
of different forms of nuclear waste disposal. CoRWM wanted to
avoid an opinion poll, preferring to seek views based on a discussion
of different people's values.
In response to this
we developed a 'discussion guide', providing people
with information, instructions
a response form. This was marketed widely to community
groups all over the country (such as Women's Institutes,
Parish Councils, schools, universities, environmental
and amenity groups). We encouraged such groups
to use the guide at meetings, discuss the issues
fill in the forms and return them to us either
on paper or online.
All the responses we receive are entered into a database and
will be presented on the project website. The database also allows
extensive analysis which will be reported to CoRWM and used to
inform their recommendations to the government.
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