l The tool to understand people’s concerns to consider them in policy development and in development of related consultation arrangements and communication strategies.
l It is based around six risk characteristics that research suggests are indicators of public concern. They are
• Nature of Hazard
• Familiarity and Experience
• Risk Consequences
• Fear or Dread
• Equity and Benefits
• Risk Management
HOW DOES IT WORK?
l Each characteristic to be scored on five point scale by reviewing relevant evidence obtained from interviews, focus groups, review of media material etc
l For example, two elements to score the first indicators (Familiarity and Experience).
• How familiar are people with the hazard?
• Are all sections of society familiar, or is familiarity confined to specific groups?
• Are those exposed to risk familiar with it?
• What is the extent of their experience?
• These prompts give an indication of the range of issues that should be explored to collect enough relevant evidence to come to a decision on the extent of concern, and not as literal questions to be asked (e.g. as a questionnaire)
• They are indicative not prescriptive or exhaustive lists.
• A summary of evidence should be entered in the scoring table.
• All evidence to be scored on five-point scale
• Level 1 – Lowest level of concern
• Level 5 – Highest level of concern
• The specific score is taken as indicative, rather than as determinant of a particular action and may be useful in identifying those risks requiring further consideration for action.
• It provides useful information for further evaluation.
• The framework doesn’t attempt to integrate or aggregate scores from the six indicators into an estimate of ‘total concern’ because the categories are not wholly independent of each other.