How are 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 begins with inviting people from around Scotland to apply using a postal civic lottery. Letters inviting people to register their interest in taking part are sent to randomly selected households. Any person aged 16 or over living in a household that receives an invitation to apply to participate in the assembly will then be able to reply by telephone or electronically online. Respondents will be asked to complete a form asking a number of questions that will help us to select members in a way that is broadly representative of the wider Scottish population.
In order to create an assembly that is broadly representative, members will be 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 is composed of a diverse mix of individuals from all walks of life so that members can learn about, understand, and connect with people who have different backgrounds and experiences.