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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on (a) citizens' juries, (b) focus groups and (c) other deliberative forms of public opinion research in each month since January 2006. (166587)

The following table gives the details of focus groups and other deliberative forms of public opinion research carried out by the Ministry of Justice since January 2006, including the month of the fieldwork and the total cost of the project. The Ministry of Justice has undertaken 18 projects involving focus groups, and two projects involving other deliberative forms of public opinion research. There have been no citizens' juries in this period.

The Department undertakes research including focus groups and deliberative research on various subjects when this is the most effective and appropriate means of building up an evidence base to support the development and delivery of policy and public services. We particularly use focus groups and deliberative research when the issues considered are complex and require a more in-depth engagement with respondents to understand their perspective and views.

These cost £256,488 for work contracted in 2005-06; £611,822 for work contracted in 2006-07; and £49,811 in work contracted in 2007 to the present day.

Name of the project

Type of research: (a) citizen juries (b) Focus groups (c) other deliberative forms of public opinion research

Approximate month(s) of fieldwork, where available

Total spend in 2005-06 (exc. VAT)

Total spend in 2006-07 (exc. VAT)

Total spend in 2007-08 (exc. VAT) up to now

Items contracted in 2005-06

107,831

148,657

0

256,488

Witness Charter Focus Groups

Focus group

December 2005 to March 2006

5,618

Green Paper. Rebuilding Lives: Supporting Victims of Crime consultation

Focus group

February 2006

55,200

MATV Pilot and DVD for witnesses pilot

Focus group

February 2006 and April 2006

5,218

114,506

Confidence in the Criminal Justice System: What lies beneath?

Focus group

March 2006

17,495

Public Attitudes to Alternatives to Prosecution

Focus group

March/April 2006

24,300

16,200

Information needs of Receivers/Attorneys

Focus group

June 2006

4,451

Avon and Somerset Criminal Justice Board Victim and Witness Focus Group Project Evaluation. Grant awarded to Avon and Somerset LCJB as part of a wider competitive Delivery Fund for LCJBs to improve the quality of information provided to victims and witnesses.

Focus group

March 2007

13,500

Items contracted in 2006-07

0

360,412

251,410

611,822

Public attitudes towards summary justice in England and Wales

Focus group

April/May 2006

41,340

Operation of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)

Focus group

October and November 2006

25,090

What's cost got to do with it?: the impact of changing court fees on users. Note: Focus groups were only one part of the project

Focus group

October/November 2006

48,480

Public panel scrutiny of the draft Coroners Bill

Focus group

November 2006

13,182

Citizenship Insight Project

Focus group

Late 2006

31,120

90,610

Community Justice Leicester

Other deliberative public opinion research

February to September 2007

30,000

Customer Expectation Survey

Focus group

April/May 2007

37,000

Improving public confidence in the Criminal Justice System; inform, persuade and remind.

Focus group

August 2007

151,200

19,800

Community Justice Merthyr Tydfil

Focus group

2006-07

24,000

The Victims Advisor Panel

Other deliberative public opinion research

Ongoing

50,000

50,000

Items contracted in 2007-08

0

0

49,811

49,811

Research on development of the Before The Event legal expenses insurance

Focus group

June to August 2007

20,011

Six public focus groups testing of wording of the Departmental Strategic Objectives

Focus group

September 2007

19,800

Justice and Schools

Focus group

October 2007

10,000

107,831

509,069

301,221

Total spend

918,121

Note:

Please note costs refer to complete project which often includes more than just focus groups or other deliberative research.