The People's Panel - cost of living: research findings

Research findings from the 'People's Panel' on the cost of living from March 2022 to March 2023. This publication also details the background and motivation for developing the People’s Panel, how it was delivered and what impact it has made.

Aims and Outcomes

The People’s Panel was established with two broad aims. These are:

  • To empower people in Scotland to actively participate in a research panel where the outputs are shared with government.[11]
  • To test a participatory research model. Drawing inspiration from the successful development of the Social Security Scotland Charter by individuals with lived experience[12], the participants would receive capacity-building information to enhance their knowledge. Unlike the Charter groups, which had predefined policy questions, the People’s Panel intended to address pressing issues as they arose, fostering dynamic and responsive discussions.

In addition, the People’s Panel aspired to achieve two specific outcomes:

  • Evidence showcasing the benefits of a particular model of participation.
  • That the Scottish Government would make informed decisions on relevant policies and actions, fuelled by an enhanced understanding of the wellbeing challenges faced by people in Scotland during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.



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