11. Limitations of the study
The evaluation team conducted this study using the quantitative data available. As detailed in the Approach to this Evaluation, due to limited public service authority reporting, the findings detailed here may not represent the full picture of activity in Scotland. In addition, the qualitative data collected in Stages 1 and 2 of the evaluation were generated through interviews, a focus group and participant observations with a limited sample. While steps were taken to ensure that the sample had a breadth of knowledge and experience of participation requests and wider participation, the findings reported here may not represent the full range of perspectives on participation requests.
The limitations of this research highlight opportunities for future research, monitoring and evaluation of participation requests in Scotland. Some of these are highlighted in the preceding recommendations section.