Place-based policy and rural Scotland: evidence base survey

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Welcome to the "Place-based policy and rural Scotland: evidence base survey".


This online form consists of an information sheet, privacy notice and research consent form (see below), the questionnaire survey, and an optional feedback comment. None of the questions in the questionnaire survey are compulsory.


Please read the information sheet below.


Information sheet

Date produced: 20/11/2018


As part of research funded by the Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government, within the RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, staff at the James Hutton Institute and Scotland’s Rural College are carrying out research into place-based policy and rural Scotland. Our aims are to improve current understanding of (i) the main reasons for differences in economic performance and social outcomes across rural areas and small towns of Scotland, and (ii) how policies can help to deliver positive outcomes and address these disparities.


As part of this project, we would like to collect information on:


  • What stakeholders perceive to be the most important issues and subjects which affect Scotland’s rural areas and small towns, and whether data is available to measure them at the local level
  • How stakeholders use and analyse data about places and people, and how existing online resources for viewing and accessing data and maps can be improved


Note that ‘issues’ noted in question 3 have been adapted from dimensions of wellbeing (OECD) and the Manifesto for rural Scotland (


Data collected in this survey may contribute to research outputs for this project. These outputs may include reports, journal articles (and other articles), presentations and knowledge exchange events. In addition, responses received may help to inform the content and design of an online portal/tool.


Our existing research outputs from this project are available at


In order to participate in the survey, the privacy notice and research consent form are provided on this page, below.


If you have any questions about this data collection or the research project, or if you would like any further information, please contact the researchers by email (,


Please read the privacy notice below.


Privacy Notice


This survey is anonymous, and we do not intend to collect personal data. However, should personal data be inserted into any of the survey responses, The James Hutton Institute (“Hutton”, “us” or “we”) confirms we will use your personal data for the purposes of the research undertaken in this project ‘Place-based policy and rural Scotland’. Our legal basis for processing your data is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest in relation to research funded by the Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government.


We are the Data Controller over your personal data.  We will only share your data if required by law and we may also share redacted question responses with project researchers at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).  We will only retain your personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the research undertaken on the project and deliver project outcomes.  You have rights in relation to your personal data.  Please see our Privacy Notice at for further information or contact our Data Protection Officer on


Dr Jonathan Hopkins

Principle Investigator or Researcher Contact details:

The James Hutton Institute


AB15 8QH



Telephone: + 44 (0) 844 928 5428

Fax: + 44 (0) 844 928 5429




Title of Project: Place-based policy and rural Scotland


Principal Investigators: Jonathan Hopkins, Andrew Copus


In order to participate in this survey, please complete the consent form below. You must agree to all six statements to participate.

To indicate agreement with a statement, select the 'Agree' option alongside it.


* - note that the clause in brackets in the first statement only applies if you asked questions.

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I confirm that I have read, or had read to me, and understand the information sheet dated 20/11/2018 (see above) for the above study. I have had the opportunity to ask questions (and these have been answered fully and explicitly)*.
I understand that my participation is voluntary, and I am free to withdraw at any time, without providing any reason and without my legal rights being affected.
I understand that the study is being conducted by researchers from The James Hutton Institute and Scotland’s Rural College at the request of the Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government.
I understand that it will not be possible to identify me from any publications/outputs.
I acknowledge that I have read and understood the privacy notice (see above).
I agree to take part in the above study.