The Bristol Citizens' Panel was established to keep the Council informed about public opinion and is promoted as 'Bristol's biggest thinktank.'
In 1998, Bristol City Council was one of the first to form a Citizens’ Panel. Since then, thousands of citizens have been a member of the Panel which the Council regards as “invaluable” as both a thermometer of public sentiment and as a trial bed for new policy suggestions.
The purpose of the panel is to provide a cost effective way of capturing the views of the public on a variety of issues.
A random sample and interviews were used in late 1998 to recruit 2,200 panellists that mirrored the population of the city as a whole. Since then, the Council has asked the Citizens' Panel more than six hundred questions, ranging from issues like recycling to whether or not Bristol should have a directly elected Mayor. Over the years, new panellists have been recruited to replace inactive Panel members. Each year the Panel receives up to three questionnaires, which can either be completed on paper or electronically on the Council’s website.
The results from the Citizens' Panel are regularly fed into decision-making, and the Panel has also featured in the local and national media. Panel members are kept informed of the results of the surveys via the Panel newsletter entitled Feedback, and results often appear in the local media and are all available on the Council’s website.
Bristol Citizens' Panel, The Council House Bristol City Council, College Green Bristol BS1 5TR . firstname.lastname@example.org .
Gather individual pre-existing opinions
Number of participants
A Group which broadly reflects the Demographic make up of a certain community or population
Level of awareness and interest
participants know about some aspects/can roughly articulate some interest
Crime and justice
Culture and arts
Environment and climate change
Health and well-being
Housing and Planning
Science and technology
Limit search to...
... face to face processes
Level of involvement