QUANGO Watch - Survey of non-elected public bodies in Scotland, 1995 

  • Alice Brown (Creator)
  • David McCrone (Creator)
  • Graham Atherton (Creator)



Raw ASCII members and quangos data files, equivalent data files in MS-Word (.doc). 2 x Perl script set-up files and ASCII README file (containing information about resurrecting the content in a web environment)


Nearly 500 non-departmental public bodies in Scotland were surveyed in late 1995, having been identified from publications such as HMSOs 'Public Bodies' and 'Scottish Regions'. One organisation questionnaire was sent initially, then, if the organisation fitted the 'quango' profile, a further organisation questionnaire was sent together with board member questionnaires. A QUANGO is a Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation. The replies were entered into two databases; one for organisations and one for board members. The databases contain details of over 250 organisations and approximately 600 individual members. The criteria for inclusion in the database are that the organisation receives public funds which it also disburses and that it's board members are not elected.

Data Citation

Brown, Alice; Atherton, Graham (COSLA); Edinburgh University Data Library; McCrone, David. (2009). QUANGO Watch - Survey of non-elected public bodies in Scotland, 1995, 1995 [Dataset]. University of Edinburgh.Institute of Governance (formerly Unit for the Study of Government in Scotland. http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/ds/98.
Date made available15 Oct 2009
PublisherEdinburgh DataShare
Temporal coverage31 Jan 1995 - 31 Dec 1995
Geographical coverageScotland, UK

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