This report, the 2013-2014 Advocacy-Map-141114, is the regular biennial quantitative research into funding and provision of advocacy in Scotland conducted by the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA). It aims to establish the levels of funding from statutory and non-statutory sources and understand the needs of advocacy partners.
As an intern at the SIAA in Edinburgh I conducted the research for the Map by contacting all fourteen Scottish NHS Boards, all Local Authorities and The State Hospitals Board for Scotland and asked questions about their funding for advocacy. I also surveyed every Scottish advocacy organisation about income and on statistics around the size and makeup of the organisation as well as numbers of people they support.
The data was summarised and analysed using Excel and my findings concluded that during 2013-2014 funding had gone down, despite that demand for advocacy services had increased.
Several charities have used the evidence from the Map to make submissions to the Scottish Parliament, including the Submission_from_Scottish_Children’s_Commissoner_200315.