We completed data collection in January 2020, just as Covid-19 was reaching the UK. The last 12 months have been dedicated to writing the draft final report, which was submitted for review at the end of February 2021.
The final breakdown of the data collected across the whole project is:
- Semi-structured interviews completed = 202 interviews undertaken – including interviews with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians (FTSUGs), organisational stakeholders closely involved in the implementation of the FTSUG role (such as managers, directors, board members, trade unions), workers who raised concerns to FTSUGs, workers who didn’t use FTSUGs and national stakeholders.
- Approximately 240 hours of non-participant observations of various meetings and interactions involving the Guardians were recorded in fieldnotes. These were collated to explore the interplay of context, meaning and individual/collective engagement related to implementing the Guardian role.
- Organisational documents (such as Board reports, minutes, agendas, newsletters) including recent CQC inspection reports, NGO guidance and data provided useful historical and contemporary insights into speaking-up within the case sites and local and national implementation decision-making.
Local implementation decisions were mapped rated and compared against role expectations in the Guardians job description document, written and published by the National Guardian’s Office. Several areas of established research and theory into speaking-up and organisational culture informed the later cycle of analysis.
The draft report is now under review and we expect the report to be published in the autumn.
In the meantime we have published a couple of early papers from the project, news of which will follow later.