Have virtual meetings improved the governance quality of local government committees?

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Have virtual meetings improved the governance quality of local government committees?

In this research we would like to understand the effect that virtual meetings have had on committees in principal councils in the UK (e.g. county, district and borough councils). 

Through this survey we would like to hear how your experience of a committee that has been meeting virtually meeting (during the pandemic) has been different to your experience of the same committee meeting in-person (before the pandemic). Specifically we are interested in whether anything has changed in terms of different aspects of public governance such as transparency, accountability and participation.

In the survey we will ask you about a local government committee that you are familiar with and have observed and/or participated in, both during the pandemic (virtual version) and before the pandemic (in-person version).

By the way, for the purposes of this research we are interested in committee meetings and not meetings of full council.

The survey should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. If you are unsure about any question please just skip to the next one. You will also have the option to skip any questions that are not relevant to you.

We have included an 'anything else' question towards the end so, if there is something that doesn't quite fit, you can tell us about it there.

By the way, we are keen to hear individual responses from different people at the same council - we are not looking for single corporate responses.

Thank you

Dr Catherine Farrell, Cardiff University
Dr Dave Mckenna, Swansea University
Dr Matt Wall, Swansea University

Before we begin, we need to obtain your informed consent to take part in this research, which requires that you read the research information on the next page.