Appendix B - Data validation
This appendix provides details about the data validation process – i.e. the process of determining the total number of consultation responses.
Number of responses received
1,108 responses were received to the consultation. 335 responses were received through the Scottish Government's consultation portal, with a further 20 responses having been emailed to the Bank's dedicated mailbox. The remaining 753 responses received were part of a campaign from Friends of the Earth Scotland. However, it should be noted that of these 753 responses, 709 use the standard template and are identical. The remaining 44 had some form of variation and were analysed separately in Appendix A.
For the purposes of this consultation analysis, the 20 mailbox responses and the 44 Friends of the Earth variation responses were uploaded into the consolidation hub, resulting in a total of 399 responses within the quantitative analysis.
Validation of responses
The analysis takes into account all the statements submitted through the online consultation hub in relation to each of the consultation questions, and the number of campaign responses received have been reported on a question-by-question basis.
For each question, a number of responses were removed for a variety of reasons:
- Were found to be entirely blank
- Were identified as being irrelevant to the question
- Were found to have inappropriate use of language.