6. Public Engagement
The Framework published on 23 April emphasises the need for transparency and public engagement:
"Although the decisions on if, when, and how to ease restrictions must be made by government, they cannot be made in isolation. We are listening to the best scientific advice and will apply our best judgements to that. We must also listen to the people of Scotland. Transparency and engagement is fundamental."
We need an honest conversation on these difficult judgements and their evidential basis. For that to be possible we need to be transparent about the evidence we have and its uses. It should be publicly available, easily understandable and promote an inclusive approach to engage with a wider range of people. We are taking further steps in that direction with today's publication, but will go further in the weeks ahead.
Our approach will be incremental, building on each step over time. By meeting the immediate need for public engagement on the decision-making process concerning the current restrictions, we may also develop tools and habits of discourse that can be adapted to inform the longer-term recovery and renewal process to come.
Today we are initiating public engagement through a digital platform, to allow members of the public to engage with the issues, evidence and analysis we are setting out through publications such as this and those that will follow. The link for the platform is:
Engagement through the digital platform will not suit everyone. We will ensure that other means of public engagement are open too. The digital platform is one step in a broader public engagement initiative that we are now developing and which will be set out in future weeks to inform our decision-making process.
The Scottish Government
5 May 2020