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Details for «Surveys»

Surveys enable the measurement of attitudes or characteristics of a group through the use of a structured questionnaire applied to a representative sample of the population. Questionnaires may include open-ended questions allowing respondents to offer their own views.
One advantage is that they can reach large numbers of people. Another benefit is if the same questions are retained, they can be used for longitudinal studies (e.g., monitoring change over time).
However a potential weakness is that the survey may not be representative or comprehensive. Questions need to be somewhat simple and straightforward, as a result, the information gathered can be simplistic and superficial. Survey results are often not comparable. The effectiveness of surveys are also affected by the rates of response. Fundamental decisions have to be made before the survey begins and cannot be changed once the survey has been implemented.

Attribute Value
Phase of decision makingPhase not specified
Number of Stakeholders Involved>100
Participation LevelListen
Frequency of meetingsOne time event (many iterations)
Level of decision-makingLevel not specified
Combination of StakeholdersPublic
Implementer of the toolNot specified
The tool supports the following objectivesEquality of access
Legitimacy

References

OECD. (2001). Citizens as Partners: Information, Consultation and Public Participation in Policy-making.
Abelson, J. e. (2001). Deliberations about Deliberation: Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Public Consultation Processes. Hamilton: McMasters Universtity.

Case Studies

Siting a LILW repository in Slovenia (Surveys)

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