Why is a box scheme and CSA survey needed?
The aim of the research is to assess the economic value and economic impact of the box scheme sector. Therefore, this research needs to identify who is part of the sector and collect information from them such as turnover, number of employees, number of customers, wages and purchase and sales figures. The method chosen to collect this information is a survey because it can be easily accessed by many and it requires less financial resources than other data collection techniques such as interviews. The national box scheme survey can be accessed online, by paper or by phone. The organic Growers Alliance, The Sustainable Cities Network and The CSA Network have already offered their support to circulate the link to the survey. The goal is to have 60 surveys responses by July 2017.
Why does the survey includes CSAs if the research is about box schemes?
Box schemes and CSAs set up and operate in very similar ways. For example, some box schemes are community interest companies and some CSAs are limited companies. To date there is no establish definition of the difference between CSAs and box schemes. The national box scheme and CSA survey will list a number of practices that will help differentiate between the two
How will the research benefit CSAs?
The survey will collect the same data from box schemes as from CSAs. With this information, we plan to write a report. This report will be co-produced with the CSA network and hosted in their website.
The survey will launch on Wednesday 24 April.