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Citizens Panel

Citizens Panel

A Citizens Panel is a group of residents (usually 1,000 people) who are surveyed regularly about their opinions on a particular issue, or set of issues.

The South Downs National Park Citizens Panel was set up in 2017 and is made up of residents who live within the National Park or near to the Park boundary. In the last three years its members have been surveyed at least twice a year on topics that affect the National Park and surrounding area.

Many of them have also taken part in specific projects, such as testing our website. You can find out more about how we have made use of some of this information further down the page.

The South Downs National Park Authority is the first UK National Park Authority to have a Citizens Panel which gives us an exciting opportunity to engage directly with residents about important matters. We are always looking to recruit new people to the panel. Scroll down to find out how to join.

To find out more about the SDNP Citizens Panel, please read the FAQs below

  • Who manages the SDNP Citizens Panel?

    M·E·L Research, a social research and behavioural insight consultancy, have been commissioned by South Downs National Park Authority to manage the SDNP Citizens Panel for the next 3 years. They were established in 1984 and have over 35 years’ experience. M·E·L Research are a company partner of the Market Research Society and have a wealth of experience in the social research field. For further information on M.E.L Research please click here.

    If you require any further help with regards to the SDNP Citizens Panel or are having difficulty accessing any of the information, please contact Sophi Ducie at M·E·L Research by email at southdownspanel@melresearch.co.uk or call the FREEPHONE number: 0800 0730 348.

    If you sign up to the SDNP Citizens Panel, information you provide to M·E·L Research will only be used for research purposes and you will not be personally identifiable in any analysis or reports. M.E.L Research work to the code of conduct of the Market Research Society. They hold all information securely and strictly in line with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). They are also a fully accredited MRS Fair Data Partner and ISO 9001:2015 accredited organisation.

    If you would like more information about who M·E·L Research are and how they use the information you’ve provided including your privacy rights and right to withdraw your consent at any time please visit http://www.melresearch.co.uk/page/privacypolicy.


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