Participation requests are a new way for community groups and organisations to have their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. The right to make a participation request to a public body was introduced as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, and came into effect on the 1st April 2017.

We (SCDC) would like community groups and organisations to tell us about their experience of participation requests so far, even if, before reading this, you had never heard of them!

Please take 5 minutes to answer the following questions. This will help to build a picture of how participation requests are being used across Scotland and provide information on what else might be needed to ensure that the legislation works as intended.

Please note, we have requested that you provide some details regarding your group/organisation and any participation request you have made. This is so we can get a clearer picture of where participation requests are being used. All information will be kept confidential and anything we publish based on this survey will be kept anonymous.

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* 1. Are you aware of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act?

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* 2. Are you aware of the right to make participation requests to public bodies?

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* 3. Do you know where to find out more about participation requests?

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* 4. Which of the following ways have you heard of participation requests?

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* 5. Please indicate which of the following statements is most accurate, in your opinion.

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