There is a need for more in-depth qualitative research into the problem from the perspective of those within communities who may have observed serious organised crime (SOC) and been affected by it. This will help to provide policy-makers within the Scottish Government Organised Crime Unit and Community Safety Unit, partner agencies within the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce and relevant stakeholders with a more accurate understanding of SOC, from the perspective of the people who experience it, and also inform them of how interventions might be used to decrease the negative impacts of SOC. The contractor will design an innovative research methodology to provide a detailed account of local perspectives and experiences of SOC which addresses the ethical and practical difficulties that a study like this may involve. They will undertake the study with responsibility for the completion of all key research stages, provide interim reports and presentations for Scottish Government research and policy teams and final reports for publication.The study will ideally carry out research in 4 — 5 community study sites in different areas of Scotland using in-depth qualitative research methods. It aims to collect data from a wide range of perspectives including people and communities that may be vulnerable and hard to reach.
Deadline for proposals: 22 March
Funding available: £152,000
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