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Scottish Land Fund: evaluation

Independent evaluation of the Scottish Land Fund, commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Mark Diffley. It reviews the operation of the fund and makes recommendations for the future.


Appendix B

Survey Results

Question 1

Which of the following statements best describes your situation?
Base: All (186) %
My application was successful at both stage 1 and stage 2 75
My application was successful at stage 1, but was unsuccessful at stage 2 3
My application was successful at stage 1, but I did not apply for stage 2 funding 18
I was unsuccessful at stage 1 3
I withdrew my application 1

The overall process

Question 2

Thinking about your experience of the Scottish Land Fund overall, how good or poor would you rate it in the following aspects?
Base: All (178) Very poor Poor Neither Good Very good Don't know N/A
The process overall 1 2 4 24 67 0 0
The transparency of decisions made 2 2 7 27 56 7 0
The advice offered to submit your application 1 1 3 16 78 2 0
The feedback received on your application 1 2 3 28 62 2 2

Question 3

Thinking about the communication with your Scottish Land Fund advisor, how well did they perform in each of the following aspects.
Base: All (176) Very poor Poor Neither Good Very good Don't know N/A
The performance of the advisor overall 1 1 2 15 80 1 0
The advisor's ability to answer questions 1 1 4 13 81 1 0
The advisor's communication with you throughout the application process 1 1 5 17 76 1 0

Question 4

In the space below, please say how, if at all, you think the Land Fund application process overall could be improved?

Open text questions will be analysed when the survey closes.

Stage 1

Question 5

Thinking about the application process for stage one, how good or poor would you rate it in the following aspects?
Base: All (174) Very poor Poor Neither Good Very good Don't know N/A
The time taken to receive a decision 1 2 5 44 46 2 0
The advice received to make your application 1 2 1 24 71 1 0
The feedback given on your application 2 1 6 24 64 2 1
The help received from your Land Fund Advisor 1 2 3 14 79 1 0

Question 6

Thinking about the decisions made at stage one of the funding process, to what extent to you agree or disagree with the following statements?
Base: All (169) Strongly agree Agree Neither Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know N/A
I received information about my application in a timely manner 47 38 5 2 7 2 1
I was able to discuss the decision 39 34 11 1 5 3 7
I was informed of how to progress with a stage two application 52 31 2 2 6 2 5
I was informed of requirements for a stage two application 55 30 1 1 7 1 5

Question 7

Thinking about the decision made about your stage one application, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements:
Base: All (4) Strongly agree Agree Neither Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know N/A
N N N N N N N
I understand why the decision was made 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
I felt I would be able to apply again in the future 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
I received feedback on my application which was easy to understand 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
I was encouraged to resubmit my application 0 0 2 0 1 1 0

Question 8

In the space below, please say how, if at all, you think stage 1 of the application process overall could be improved?

Open-text questions will be analysed when the survey closes

Question 9

When thinking about your project, why did not apply for any further funding?
Base: All (33) %
The project was not viable 6
There was not enough support within the community 9
The location was bought by someone else 6
I did not have the support I needed to proceed with the application 3
Something else 76

Stage 2

Question 10

Thinking about the application process for stage two, how good or poor would you rate it in the following aspects?
Base: All (136) Very poor Poor Neither Good Very good Don't know N/A
% % % % % % %
Overall process 2 2 2 35 57 1 2
Time it took to receive a decision about your application 1 0 6 43 47 1 1
The help received from your Land Fund Advisor 1 1 1 12 82 1 1

Question 11

Thinking about the decision made about your stage two application, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
Base: All (130) Strongly agree Agree Neither Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know N/A
I understood the decisions made 49 40 4 0 3 2 2
I understand the outcome, and the reasoning 45 43 4 0 3 2 3
I was given feedback 46 39 3 2 3 1 7
The decision was fair 49 35 6 0 3 2 4
The decision was transparent 47 33 9 2 3 3 5
I was able to ask questions regarding the decision 42 28 12 0 3 2 14

Question 12

Thinking about the decision made about your stage two application, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements:
Base: All (5) Strongly agree Agree Neither Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know N/A
N N N N N N N
I understood why the decision was made 1 1 0 0 2 0 1
I felt I would be able to apply again in the future 2 0 0 0 2 0 1
I received feedback on my application which was easy to understand 1 0 2 0 2 0 0
I was encouraged to resubmit my application 1 1 0 0 2 0 1

Question 13

Were you able to acquire the land or building you received the funding for?
Base: All (129) %
Yes 91
No 9

Question 14

Is your project operational?
Base: All (56) %
Yes – my project is fully operational 35
Yes – at least one phase of my project is operational 24
No – my project is under development 39
No – my project is no longer operational 2

Question 15

Why is this the case?

Open-text questions will be analysed when the survey closes.

Question 16

Did you receive any further funding to help towards your project?
Base: All (128) %
Yes 70
No 30

Question 17

What was the source of any additional funding required for your project?

Open-text questions will be analysed when the survey closes.

Question 18

Did success at stage two influence ability to acquire any additional funding for your project?
Base: All (93) %
Yes 82
No 4
Don't know 9
N/A 5

Question 19

Why was extra funding required?
Base: All (41) %
Underestimated how much would be required for completion of the project 3
Did not receive what was applied for from the land fund 6
The acquisition cost more than expected 3
Operational costs were more than expected 9
Something else 86

Question 20

Thinking about the help and assistance you received from your Land Fund Advisor, could they have done anything differently to help?

Open-text questions will be analysed when the survey closes.

Contact

Email: crtb@gov.scot

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