Securing stakeholder engagement in contentious environmental studies
Sound, a form of underwater pollution, can cause harm to marine mammals. While predicting noise levels and the harm these might cause is being addressed, capturing how marine mammals respond to acoustic sonar transmissions in analysis models and studies and subsequently proposing recommendations poses science, communication and stakeholder participation challenges.

This questionnaire is part of my Open University Master of Science project examining the challenges of securing engagement from diverse stakeholders in contentious environmental studies. Ethical approval for the project's data collection activity comes from the Open University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (reference HREC/2017/2546/Downing/1 dated 19 April 2017). The raw questionnaire data can be provided anonymously, will be aggregated and anonymised in reporting, will be password protected, will only be used in this MSc, will be destroyed at the end of the course (December 2017) and will only be seen by myself and Open University MSc tutors and Awards Board members. In proceeding further you are providing implicit consent for me to use the data in my MSc project.

As I am aware that people are busy. there is no minimum feedback requirement. Indicating that you do not wish to complete the questionnaire, with perhaps a brief description of why, is welcome. I estimate that the questionnaire should not take longer than 15 minutes to complete. In addition, I am very happy to capture views through email (jondowning069@gmail.com) or a call.

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Stakeholder engagement in science and decision evaluation
There are concerns that stakeholder engagement is not delivering on its potential to improve analysis models and the decisions they support. So frameworks, such Voinov et al.'s (2016) process model for science and decision evaluation, are being proposed. Embedded in Voinov's cycle is an explicit recognition of how our preconceptions and beliefs influence our behaviour and how we need to reconcile these with others’ perspectives and acquired knowledge.

Voinov, A., Kolagani, N., McCall, M.K., Glynn, P.D., Kragt, M.E., Ostermann, F.O., Pierce, S.A. and Ramu, P. (2016) Modelling with stakeholders – Next generation, Environmental Modelling and Software, 77, pp. 196-220, December 2015.

Stakeholder
As stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds are being invited to participate, the survey starts by requesting demographic information.
Who are you?
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Who do you represent?
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Are you comfortable with completing this questionnaire?
If you are not comfortable completing this questionnaire, can you please indicate why?
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What is your interest in sonar risk assessment?
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What do you want to see emerge from stakeholder engagement in studies?
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