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Attitudes to social networks, civic participation and
co-production

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Summary

Co-production

  • At least 8 in 10 felt that people either "definitely should‟ or "probably should‟ be involved in making decisions about how local services are run, making decisions about how money is spent on local services and should be able to volunteer alongside paid staff to provide local services.
  • The majority of people support the idea of co-production in both the design and delivery of local public services.
  • The most support was shown for people being involved in making decisions about how local services are run, with just over a half, 53%, feeling that people "definitely should‟ be involved.
  • This compares with around a third, 34%, who felt that people "definitely should‟ be involved in
    making decisions about how money is spent on local services, and 35% who thought people "definitely should‟ be able to volunteer alongside paid staff to provide local services.

Social networks and belonging

  • Nearly 7 in 10 people or 68% felt they belonged to their local area either "a great deal‟ or "quite a lot‟.
  • A slightly higher proportion, 76%, said they agreed that "I feel that there are people in this area could turn to for advice and support‟.
  • Around 9 in 10 people or 88% said they meet socially with friends, relatives or work colleagues at least a few times a month.

Civic participation and volunteering 

  • Nearly 7 in 10 people or 69% have done at least one activity as a way of registering what they thought about an issue in 2015. This has increased from 55% in 2009.
  • Over 4 in 10 or 43% had signed a petition and nearly 3 in 10 or 38% had given money to a campaign or organisation.
  • Around 3 in 10 people had done an activity to register their views in the last few years that was connected with the Scottish independence referendum.
  • Nearly half, 46%, of people had either volunteered at, or help set up, a local community organisation, helped to organise an event, or tried to stop something happening in their local area.
  • Around 3 in 5 or 61% agreed that "…people in this area are able to find ways to improve things around here when they want to‟.
  • Around a quarter used the internet "very‟ or "quite‟ often to contact local community groups.