Citizens' Panel FAQs
Frequently asked questions about our Citizens' Panel.
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Can I join the Panel?
No. Panel members have been selected at random from the electoral register or recruited to be broadly representative of the Scottish population by gender, age, employment status, housing tenure, ethnic origin and geographic location.
What will Panel members do?
Panel members are sent a questionnaire to complete roughly three times a year. The questionnaire can be electronic or on paper, or completed over the phone.
What topics has the Panel considered?
To date, Panel members have given feedback on a wide range of issues including:
- health literacy
- use of pharmacies
- oral health
- digital healthcare
- loneliness in Scotland
- Realistic Medicine
- HIV awareness
- inclusive communications
- organ and tissue donation after death
- the appropriate use of antibiotics
- health and wellbeing experiences during the pandemic
What do you do with survey responses?
Panel members will get feedback about any surveys or other engagement activities that they take part in, and also about what impact or influence their participation has had. After each survey we produce a report about what we found out.
Is it possible to separate the data to identify the views of people living in my local area?
The Panel is constructed to provide robust findings at a national level only. Any findings at local level would not be statistically robust so we do not separate the data in this way.
How do I submit a topic for the Panel to consider?
To submit a topic for Panel consideration, you or your organisation must complete a Panel Topic Submission Template. You can request one of these from firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submitted topic is carefully assessed to ensure that the topic aligns with Scottish health and care strategy and policy; that the Panel is the most appropriate method; and that there will be demonstrable practical use of the findings.