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Public survey numbers and costs 2019 to 2023 (FOI)

Public survey numbers and costs 2019 to 2023 (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 14 August 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



Please advise how many public surveys have been carried out by the Governemt oif Jersey from 2019 to date.


How much did these public surveys cost to run? 

i) Please provide the breakdown of the costs for the following for 2019 to date: 

  • Designing of the advertisements (inc. leaflets, posters, social media posts, videos)
  • Advertising and marketing (inc. in newspapers, on the radio, on social media) 
  • IT support 
  • Survey software
  • Data visualisation 

ii) If any of the above was provided inhouse, please specify the cost of this?


Please provide the total number of government employee hours assigned to each survey published from 2019 to date.


How many surveys were carried out under each government department? Please provide a breakdown for all surveys carried out by each department from 2019 to date.


A and D

This information is not held in a reportable format. Due to legacy department changes and differing media used to create and run public surveys across the Government of Jersey, to gather this information would exceed the cost limit provisions set out in the Freedom of Information (Costs) (Jersey) Regulations 2014. Article 16(1) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law has been applied. 

Information is not recorded in way to allow a breakdown of the running costs of public surveys. The Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 does not require a Scheduled Public Authority to create new data sets specifically for this purpose, therefore Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.  


Information relating to employee hours assigned to completing public surveys in not recorded. Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies. 

Articles applied 

Article 3 - Meaning of “information held by a public authority”

For the purposes of this Law, information is held by a public authority if –

(a)     it is held by the authority, otherwise than on behalf of another person; or

(b)     it is held by another person on behalf of the authority.

Article 16 - A scheduled public authority may refuse to supply information if cost excessive

(1) A scheduled public authority that has been requested to supply information may refuse to supply the information if it estimates that the cost of doing so would exceed an amount determined in the manner prescribed by Regulations. 

(2) Despite paragraph (1), a scheduled public authority may still supply the information requested on payment to it of a fee determined by the authority in the manner prescribed by Regulations for the purposes of this Article.

(3) Regulations may provide that, in such circumstances as the Regulations prescribe, if two or more requests for information are made to a scheduled public authority –

(a) by one person; or

(b) by different persons who appear to the scheduled public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign, the estimated cost of complying with any of the requests is to be taken to be the estimated total cost of complying with all of them.

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