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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Our shared role in containing the virus: Analysis of responses submitted as part of the Scottish Government's second public engagement exercise

This report outlines the themes emerging from a rapid analysis of the public engagement exercise that took place 5-11 October 2020 on the Scottish Government's approach to managing the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Our shared role in containing the virus: Analysis of responses submitted as part of the Scottish Government's second public engagement exercise
Footnotes

Footnotes

1 The first exercise took place on 5-11 May 2020, and the summary report was published. All ideas and comments published on the platform are available to view at www.ideas.gov.scot/covid-19-a-framework-for-decision-making.

2 Of the 588 ideas submitted to the site, 24 ideas were rejected due to be being breach of the moderation policy.

3 In the Dialogue exercise of 5-11 May 2020, 4,122 ideas were published and 17,966 comments were posted. These came from 11,692 registered users, of whom 3,274 submitted ideas.

4 At this time it is not possible to say categorically that coders’ approaches were highly consistent. There are a number of inherent checks in the methodology, such as multiple researchers having sight of the most-engaged with threads, real-time sight of incoming ideas, ensuring similar topic tags are treated together, and sample searches to provide further re-assurance that the findings are broadly consistent.

5 The most-commented idea concerning the Scottish Government approach was a Scottish Government pre-seeded idea on 'Getting the balance right' which had 100 comments and 63 votes.

6 This was not exclusive to the Scottish Government. There was one thread on perceptions that local councils were introducing active travel measures in response to the pandemic, but for other wider reasons.

7 The most commented-on idea concerning hygiene was ‘Family meetings indoors' which had 24 comments and 48 ratings. The Scottish Government seeded idea ‘Individual and household action’ attracted 20 comments and 9 ratings.

8 The most commented-on idea concerning physical distancing was ‘The Great Barrington Declaration’ which had three comments and six ratings.

9 The most-commented idea concerning changing behaviour was a Scottish Government pre-seeded idea on ‘New day-to-day habits’ which had 13 comments and two ratings.

10 The most commented-on idea concerning travel was ‘Not another national lockdown’ which had 20 comments and 64 ratings.

11 Further guidance has subsequently been issued on safety in public transport.

12 The most commented-on idea concerning protection was ‘End lockdown, shield the vulnerable and open society back up’ which had 18 comments and 36 ratings.

13 The most commented-on idea concerning health sector response was ‘Open all dentists not just private’ which had 10 comments and 42 ratings.

14 Quality-adjusted Life Years: a measure of the impact of health interventions

15 The most commented-on idea concerning mental health, loneliness and isolation was ‘Allow small gatherings in private homes’ which had 28 comments and 86 ratings.

16 The most commented-on idea concerning support was 'Your community – the ways we support each other’ which was pre-seeded by the Scottish Government and had six comments and one rating.

17 The most commented-on idea concerning testing, tracking and isolation was the Scottish Government’s pre-seeded idea ‘Test and Protect’ which had 12 comments and five ratings.

18 The app is designed to interact with equivalent apps elsewhere in the UK: https://protect.scot/faq.

19 The most commented-on idea on the use of information was ‘Building trust with how we use your information’ which was a Scottish Government pre-seeded idea and received two comments and three ratings.

20 The most commented-on idea concerning arrangements for working at home or the office was a pre-seeded idea by the Scottish Government – 'New working norms' – which had 13 comments and seven ratings.

21 The most commented-on idea concerning business concerns and unemployment was ‘Circuit breaker- then what?’ which had nine comments and 30 ratings.

22 The most commented-on idea covering education, across all levels and themes, was ‘New learning norms’ which was pre-seeded by the Scottish Government. It had 69 comments and 24 ratings.

23 Number of comments published on the website.

24 Number may differ from the website due to rounding.

25 Number of comments published on the website.

26 Number may differ from the website due to rounding.


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