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1.       Do I have to answer all the questions in the online submission? 

Respondents are not obligated to answer all of the questions. It may be that there are some areas in which individuals or groups simply have more experience, opinions, or valuable contributions to make, and others where they do not. If so, respondents may wish to consider answering only certain questions in the consultation.  


2.       Can I review my submission on one page before submitting my answers

The Consultation portal does not have a review function at the end of the process before sending.  Respondents should therefore copy and paste as they go along if they wish to review their answers before submitting.  They will then be sent a PDF of their response once they have submitted it. 


3.       Can I attend more than one Consultation event? 

Spaces for our public events are limited. We would therefore encourage interested individuals to sign up for the event that is most relevant to them, i.e. representatives of NGOs should look to attend the designated NGO events on 2nd and 23rd March 2016. If an event is over-subscribed, we will give priority to those who are not due to attend another event.


4.       Will certain responses be given more weighting than others? For example, will we place more importance on the opinion of larger organisations as opposed to smaller organisations or individuals?

Contractors will conduct a qualitative analysis of consultation responses received, so there is no statistical analysis carried out, nor weighting required. As with all our consultation activity, Scottish Government is interested in the breadth and the depth of views held by both individuals and organisations, including those organisations that represent several individuals or organisations, and all responses are considered important. The only numerical analysis will pertain to the numbers of responses received. While the analytical framework can only be finalised when all responses have been received, it is likely that the analysis will classify the responses according to sectors. In reporting the range of views within and across sectors, contractors are likely to note the numbers of responses from both individuals and organisations, and it is common to draw to readers’ attention where certain responses reflect collective views. The analysis report will make its methodology clear.


5.       Will existing funding arrangements be affected if the consultation process brings about substantive changes to the ID Policy? For example, if the Scottish Government ceases to work in a certain country, will funding for all projects in this country immediately be withdrawn?

No, the Scottish Government will honour all pre-existing funding arrangements whatever the outcome of our consultation process. This includes all projects currently funded as part of our Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia development programmes, those funded under our Small Grants Programme, and pre-agreed funding for network support organisations. Decisions as to how our funding is allocated beyond all pre-existing commitments will be guided by the International Development Policy that results from this consultation process.

For more information on our Funding Rounds, see our Funding Opportunities page.


6.       Is it appropriate for organisations from overseas to submit something to this consultation process or is it focused more on views from Scotland?

We specifically highlight in our consultation paper that we would like to hear from a range of sectors: civil society, public bodies and institutions, academia and the private sector. We also make clear that we are keen to hear from this range of sectors not only within Scotland but also from overseas, whether that be from our current priority countries or any other country where there is interest in the Scottish Government's ID Policy.