Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pilot of Constitution Unit Survey of FOI requesters

The Constitution Unit have asked me to post the following:

The Constitution Unit based at University College London has been awarded a research grant jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department of Constitutional Affairs to evaluate the impact of the UK Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The study takes place from January of this year through March 2009.

Part of this research project is a survey of people who have made FOI requests to central government. In order to refine and ensure the viability of the survey we are conducting a pilot. If you have made an FOI request to any public authority (note: this survey does NOT cover requests made under the FOI (Scotland) Act 2002), we would be grateful if you could participate in the survey pilot and provide us with feedback. We are keen to make the survey questions as clear and easy to understand as possible and your input will help ensure this.

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please note, if you make an FOI request in the future, you may be asked to complete the real survey - please do so! The survey is anonymous; if you do choose to provide an email address at the end, it will be used ONLY for the purposes of academic research and will not be shared with anyone outside the Constitution Unit.

We will close the pilot survey on Friday, 30 March 2007.

Please direct any questions to Craig MacDonald on 020 7679 4972 or at

Click here to take part in the pilot survey.

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