34. The Scottish Government firmly believes that the National Islands Plan and the approach to carrying out Island Communities Impact Assessments should be informed by the views of island communities and other people with an interest in islands, to the greatest extent possible. In order to do so, a twofold consultation process has been devised.
35. Firstly, a traditional on-line survey will be available through the Citizen Space portal. Details about this part of the consultation and how the results will be processed can be found later in this consultation document.
36. Secondly, the on-line results will be combined with more qualitative data gathered through a series of events that will be carried out by Scottish Government throughout islands in Scotland. The events will be organised in collaboration with local island organisations and promoted widely so that a broad spectrum of the island community can attend and participate. Members of the island community who attend and contribute to the events can also contribute to the more detailed on-line survey and will be actively encouraged to do so – but you don’t need to attend an event to complete the survey.
37. The consultation process will be led by Scottish Government in collaboration with the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and with support from the Scottish Islands Federation.