The online survey for the second Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement project has been running for about three weeks now. We intend to keep it live for another week, so we can’t say anything about what community councillors have told us – yet! However, we can say there are some interesting patterns in how people tackled the survey.
As of Saturday (25th March) evening, 1171 people had followed the link to the survey, and 747 have completed it (a 36% drop out rate). We want as many people as possible to take the survey, so if you’re a community councillor who hasn’t taken the survey yet, please click here. It may be slightly complex to complete all questions but it really should only take about 15 minutes, and you’ll be contributing to a major piece of work contributing to knowledge of practical ways to support community council work. If you’re not a community councillor, please pass on this link to any you know: https://survey.napier.ac.uk/n/LILDEM.aspx.
So far then the survey has given us 747 fully usable responses, which seems to be quite successful. There are approximately 1160 active community councils in Scotland, so we estimate that there are around 11,000 community councillors. Hence we estimate that we have full responses from about 1% of Scotland’s estimated 11,000 community councillors, but we have reached 30% of active community councils. Also, the responses represent 27 of Scotland’s local authorities, and these local authorities contain 90% of Scotland’s population. Overall, we have enough data to be sure of our findings, and we look forward to releasing them when they are ready.
If you’re interested in the results, please tell us your email address in the survey. (If you’re not a community councillor, please email Bruce directly.)
Now, an explanation of what’s in the survey. Results will have to wait til the survey is closed and we’ve had a chance to look at the data! Continue reading