Assembly Design and Facilitation
A range of contractors have provided specialist services to the Assembly. All contracts were awarded by the Scottish Government in compliance with public procurement rules. Contract management was undertaken by the Secretariat.
A design and facilitation contract was awarded to a partnership between The Democratic Society (Demsoc), Involve and Mark Diffley Consultancy and Research Ltd (MDCR). Demsoc have extensive experience of delivering stakeholder engagement and citizens’ participation events. Examples include delivering the Innovation in Democracy Programme and the European Citizens Panel. Involve is a leading public participation charity who have designed and delivered many of the citizens’ assemblies that have taken place in the UK, including the Citizens’ Assembly for Wales, the Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland and the UK Climate Assembly. MDCR is a social research provider with experience in all kinds of qualitative research.
The partnership was responsible for the design and delivery of Assembly meetings, working closely with the Secretariat and the Convener. Responsibilities included providing a team of facilitators sourced from 3 partner organisations and subcontracted from the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC). The SCDC is a leading body for community development in Scotland.
Digital and PR
Digital services were provided by Whitespace, who designed the Assembly website and many of the online resources. Through Whitespace, filming services were provided from Glocast, including livestreaming of Assembly plenary sessions. In addition 3x1 were initially appointed as the PR agency for the Assembly, tasked with developing the Assembly’s profile and building awareness amongst stakeholders and the media in the initial Assembly phase.