About the project
Community Advisory Groups
A small group of local professionals and citizens from each town gave advice and assistance throughout the research process. Members were invited from key organisations in the community – schools, local government, NGOs, faith groups, housing associations and the like.
The Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) helped us to map the key people and institutions involved in energy issues in each study area. They also provided valuable feedback on our plans and helped us to recruit households to participate in the project. We met with the CAGs at key stages in the project and sent them regular progress updates.
The research participants came from 30 households in Shrewsbury and 25 households in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Participants were residents of each community who were recruited through a mixture of gatekeepers (i.e., CAG members) and the snowballing method. The two groups were as representative of the area as possible in terms of age, gender, income and housing type. Significantly, none of our participants were already involved in a 'community energy' project before joining RECCKN.
Information about the demographic profile of the research participants is on Briefing Paper 2 - Introducing our community case studies (924kB, pdf).
Each participating household received an 'Eco-eye Smart' energy display monitor and a £50 voucher to thank them for their time and collaboration.