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1.0 Introduction

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1.1 Methodology

This consultation drew on information from a range of sources including discussions, interviews or surveys with almost 200 members (details in Appendix A). Sources included:

  • The 2017 RTPI Membership Survey of 4225 members, which included a question on the top five areas they would like to see the RTPI working in.
  • A review of previous RTPI research consultations and strategies.
  • Focus groups with members across the RTPI regions and nations (14 groups in total, involving over a hundred members).
  • Table discussions at the RTPI's General Assembly in January 2018.
  • Interviews with 22 of the RTPI's key external stakeholders.
  • Discussions with the Membership & Ethics and Education & Lifelong Learning committees (see Appendix A for their priorities).
  • Discussions with all the relevant RTPI departments.
  • Online and offline consultation with RTPI Learning Partners, RTPI accredited Planning Schools, Independent Consultants' Network, Large Consultancies, Planning Aid Coordinators, International Committee representatives, and members who couldn't attend focus groups. This involved direct feed in from more than 50 additional members.
  • Current and recent RTPI research that engages directly with members, such as the Working in the Public Interest project.
  • A selection of other background information including similar projects to this from comparable organisations and guidance on best practice in research and publishing.

1.2 Report outline

This key findings report highlights our learning from the consultation. It starts by considering feedback on the principles and aims that should guide our research. It then considers potential research topics and focuses within them – this was the main interest of participants by far and as such forms the bulk of this key findings report. Finally it looks at opportunities for collaboration.

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