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Evaluation of the Protective Security Funding Scheme

Evaluation of the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme

The Home Office has commissioned NatCen Social Research to evaluate the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme, its scheme to fund security measures for places of worship and associated community centres. The research is important in helping the Government to understand how well this scheme has worked. It will also add to the wider evidence base about the effectiveness of similar interventions.

The evaluation includes different forms of research with people who applied to the scheme and with people involved in delivering the scheme in 2019/20:

  • Interviews with staff from agencies involved in delivering the scheme;
  • An online survey with applicants, before and after funding decisions;
  • Interviews with faith leaders from applicant organisations; and
  • Focus groups with members of applicant organisations.

Why should I take part?

This research is important in helping the Government understand which aspects of the application process and the delivery of the  scheme have worked well. By taking part you will also add to understanding what is important and what can be improved in any future interventions.

What’s involved?

The research will involve people in different ways:

  • If you are involved with an applicant organisation, then you may have been invited to take part in an online survey, an interview or focus group. You may also have been informed that members of the research team will be visiting to observe how the security measures are operating.
  • If you are involved in assessing or delivering the scheme, or work for a local authority or police force where the scheme is operating, then you may have been invited to take part in an interview.

Online survey: this will involve answering online questions about the scheme in two stages. The first stage of the survey will ask about the application process and about the organisation which has applied for funding; it will be completed in late October/November. The second stage of the survey will ask about what the scheme has done; it will be completed in early-mid 2020.

Interview: this will involve discussing your views and experiences of the scheme with a member of the research team. It will be arranged for a date and time that is convenient for you and you can decide if it is done by telephone or in person. The interview will take around an hour in total (for those working on the scheme, the interview will be split into two 30-minute discussions some months apart).

Focus group: this will involve giving your views and experiences of the scheme as part of a researcher-led discussion with other people who attend your place of worship or faith-based community centre.

Who is carrying out the research?

This research is being carried out by NatCen Social Research.

NatCen Social Research is the UK’s leading independent social research agency. We’re proud to have been carrying out research on behalf of government, charities and other organisations for over 50 years.

We are a non-profit organisation, completely independent of government departments and political parties.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been contacted because you are involved with the scheme or with an organisation which has applied to it. You may be directly involved by working for one of the organisations which is assessing or delivering the scheme. You may be indirectly involved by working on related issues for a local authority where the scheme is operating. You may be involved with one of the places of worship and associated community centres which has applied for the scheme, either as a faith leader, a member of its management or administration or as someone who attends to worship or for other activities. If your contact details were shared with us, it will have been with your consent. If you were contacted on our behalf by someone else in your place of worship/community centre then we will not have your contact details.

How will you use what I say?

We will write a report about the issues that you and others have spoken about for the Home Office to use in future work on the Protective Security Funding Scheme and related activities. It may also be published on their website at the end of the evaluation. We will make sure the report does not attribute findings to individual people or groups of worshippers, nor to places of worship or related community centres. The research staff will check you are comfortable with your contribution at the start and end of the interview, survey or focus group and you can contact us to edit or remove your contribution within a fortnight after you provide it (see Changes below for details).

Privacy Notice

This privacy notice explains how we will follow the regulations for protecting your data: the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It explains:

  • How the data will be used, stored and deleted, and who can access it;
  • The legal basis for gathering and processing the data; and
  • Who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

How data will be used, stored and deleted, and who can access it

We will treat information you provide in strictest confidence under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The results collected are used for research purposes only, to conduct an evaluation of the Protective Security Funding Scheme for the Home Office.

Contact details: contact information received from the Home Office during the research will be stored securely and only the research team at NatCen will have access to them. Contact details will only be passed to NatCen with your consent and no contact details will be shared by NatCen without your consent. The data will be deleted one year after the final report is agreed.

Survey data: all data gathered through the surveys conducted for this research will be stored securely and only the NatCen research team will have access to it in its full form. Survey data will be only be shared with the Home Office once it has been summarised, anonymised and analysed alongside other responses. The data will be deleted one year after the final report is agreed.

Interview data and focus group data: interview and focus group notes and recordings (made with permission) and transcripts will be stored securely and only the research team at NatCen will have access to them. Interview and focus group data will be only be shared with the Home Office once it has been summarised, anonymised and analysed with other responses. The data will be deleted one year after the final report is agreed.

Scheme data: the Home Office may share information or data about the applications and the scheme with NatCen; it will only do so via secure routes and will only share data that is relevant to the research. NatCen will store this data securely and will not share it with others. The data will be deleted one year after the final report is agreed.

Changes: You have the right to request that your data is amended, if it is not accurate, or that your data is deleted. Please email us at psfs.study@natcen.ac.uk to request this

Participation in the research is not compulsory and you have the right to withdraw at any stage. We hope that you will choose to take part.

Anonymity: When we report the research we will make sure we do not attribute findings to individuals, places of worship or community centres, local authorities or police forces. However, it is possible that assumptions could be made about where the findings have come from.  A researcher will check you are comfortable with your contribution after the interview or focus group. It is also possible to edit or remove your contribution in the fortnight after you take part in the survey, interview or focus group by emailing the research team: psfs.study@natcen.ac.uk

The legal basis for gathering and processing the data

The Home Office is the data controller for this project. This means it is responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for gathering and processing the data.  For this project, the legal basis for processing data is ‘public task’ as this is research that is important to the delivery of public services.

The person who is responsible for making sure that the data is kept safe at NatCen is NatCen’s data protection officer. Legally, NatCen is known as the data processor and the basis for processing the data is ‘public task’.

Who to contact with questions or complaints

If you have questions, please contact the research team at psfs.study@natcen.ac.uk  We can reply by email or arrange to call you at a convenient time if you want to discuss the research over the phone.

If you believe we have not complied with your data protection rights you can contact NatCen’s data protection officer: dpo@natcen.ac.uk or 0800 652 0201 – or contact the Home Office’s data protection officer: dpo@homeoffice.gov.uk or 020 7035 6999

If you are concerned about the way your data is being used or processed you also have the right to contact or raise a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office:

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