How were members selected?
Citizens’ assemblies are innovative in that they use a broadly representative sample of a specific population to create recommendations that have been informed by a wide variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
The process for selecting members began with inviting people from around Scotland to apply using a postal civic lottery. Letters inviting people to register their interest in taking part were sent to randomly selected households. Any person aged 16 or over living in a household that received an invitation to apply to participate in the assembly were able to reply by telephone or electronically online. Respondents were asked to complete a form asking a number of questions that helped us to select members.
In order to create an assembly that is broadly representative, members were selected from the responding applicant pool based on eight different criteria:
• Household income
• Attitude towards climate change
These criteria were specifically identified to ensure that the assembly was composed of a diverse mix of individuals from all walks of life so that members could learn about, understand, and connect with people who have different backgrounds and experiences.