PACT (Partners and Community Together)
PACT consultation process is a government initiative designed to bring together various bodies and organisations to
discuss local issues that affect communities.
PACT process can enhance the way Police and other partners engage with
The PACT consultation process within migrant workers community was commissioned by the Cornwall Police to identify the top community priorities, and barriers that prevent migrant workers from reporting as well as identify type of crime that affect community. It also measured victimisation among migrant workers and collected some general information about respondents' that can be useful for partner agencies and the police.
The PACT survey is a first attempt to measure the amount of crime by asking migrants about crimes they have experienced while in the UK. The survey includes crimes which are not reported to the police, so it is an important alternative to identify the level of under-reporting.
The PACT survey is also an important source of information about other topics, such as people’s attitudes towards the police.
442 migrants were asked questions about their settlement experience during their first three years in the UK. This will help the police and partner agencies to improve settlement for new migrants.
Key methodological issues
The PACT consultation process was designed to take on board lessons from previous PACT surveys, conducted in Plymouth, and incorporate some innovative techniques to improve the quality of the data collected.
The survey is designed to provide information that is as accurate as possible.
To collect data from migrant workers, a structured questionnaires were designed. They were used for individuals to complete.
The questionnaires were available in English, Polish, and Russian.
Some extra open-ended questions were used to understand the personal experience of the migrant workers fully.
All questionnaires were strictly confidential, containing no traceable personal information. To demonstrate confidentiality to migrant workers was an important issue.
The questions were structured around a number of key themes: general problems that migrants face, the local issues, crime within community, personal experience, attitude towards police.