Diversity in political representation in Scotland: data improvement project proposal
We have been scoping out a project to work with stakeholders to improve the completeness of data on the diversity of election candidates and elected representatives in Scotland. This paper sets out details of a proposed new data collection at the 2022 local council elections.
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8. Project organisation and timescales
This project is being led by a statistician and a researcher in the Constitution, International and Migration analysis team, which provides analytical support to the Scottish Government's Elections policy team.
Successful delivery of the project will rely on close working with electoral partners at the EMB and Electoral Commission, as well as stakeholders and other interested parties (see below).
Table 1: Project timescales
Milestones : Date(s)
Engagement with stakeholders : June 2021 - Ongoing
Publish proposal paper for stakeholders and academics to provide comments and feedback on proposed approach : December 2021
Further engagement and opportunity for comments on materials and approach : Until end January 2022
Finalise all practicalities of the data collection/ and have a final version of the questionnaire form : January 2022
Scottish Government to send all paper questionnaires, information leaflets and envelopes to ROs to include in nomination packs : Early February 2022
Collect diversity data during nomination period for the 2022 LG elections : Mid-March – end of March 2022
Data processing : March– June/July 2022
Publish report and anonymised diversity data : Autumn 2022
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