Independence

Including through the appointment of an impartial and respected convener or co-conveners, an arms-length secretariat, and expert advisory groups.

Transparency

At all levels of the operation of the Assembly, from the framing of the questions, to the selection of members and expert witnesses, through to proactive publication and live-streaming of deliberative sessions and clarity about what the outputs will be used for.

Inclusion

Extending not just to those invited to take part as members, but also to the operations of the assembly itself.

Access

The wider public must be able to see and comment upon the work of the Assembly, and stakeholders must feel that they and their interests have a route into the Assembly.

Balance

The information used to build members’ (and the wider public’s) learning must be balanced, credible and easily understood.

Cumulative Learning

Embedded into the design of the Assembly, to ensure members develop a rich understanding of the issues considered and have time to do so. 

Open-Mindedness

The assembly will be a forum for open-minded deliberation between participants, ensuring the public see it as a genuine process of enquiry, and to help ensure that it receives an open-minded response from the parliament and government.