How does a working group gather evidence?

Working groups seek to engage with a wide range of organisations and individuals in order to ensure that everyone who has a stake in the issue has an opportunity for their voice to be heard. Depending on the nature of the topic and the project, different evidence gathering activities might take place.

Examples include:

  • Open consultation: a three-month consultation exercise typically attracts 100-150 responses from organisations, professionals, and individuals.
  • Face-to-face evidence gathering meetings or workshops on specific topics to gain additional insight and access expertise.
  • Surveys to gather the views of particular groups of people, such as members of the research community or parents and children
  • Activities to engage with people who do not have a prior interest in the topic, such as deliberative workshops with recruited members of the public on dementia, donation of human bodily material and naturalness.

The views and evidence gathered from consultation activities are extremely useful, providing the working group with a wide range of views on the issues of concern.

See also: Policy for ethical conduct of consultative activities

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