Evaluation of the Audio Content Fund: grant applicants

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has commissioned Wavehill to undertake an independent evaluation of the Audio Content Fund (ACF). The fund is owned by DCMS and operated by independent not-for-profit company Audio Content Fund- created by Radiocentre and AudioUK. The fund - the pilot phase of which has now concluded - aimed to provide funding to encourage the creation of original audio production for broadcast on commercial and community radio stations, and to support the provision and plurality of difficult to produce UK public service content. This commissioned evaluation aims to investigate how well the fund’s processes worked and the impact of the ACF on supported organisations, Ofcom licensed radio stations and audiences. As part of this evaluation, Wavehill will be gathering information from production companies that have applied for funding through ACF through a survey and interviews. DCMS is the data controller for the research. However, Wavehill will delete any personal data provided through the Interviews or survey, and anonymise the raw data, before it is shared with DCMS. The information collected during the project will be included in a report published on the Ofcom website. Your Participation in this research is completely voluntary. However, your views and experiences will help to inform and support the overarching review of the Contestable Fund and provide a summary of lessons learnt and recommendations. ​ The contact for this research at Wavehill is Andy Parkinson E-mail address: andy.parkinson@wavehill.com Telephone number: 01545 571711 The contacts at DCMS are Adam Bennett adam.bennett@dcms.gov.uk and Harry Reardon harry.reardon@dcms.gov.uk. ​ PRIVACY NOTICE What personal data do we hold and where do we get this information? ​Personal data is defined under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier’. ​ In order to apply for support from the ACF, Audio Content Fund needed to collect personal information about you for the purposes of delivering, monitoring and evaluating the programme. ​ All grant applicants will receive a link to a survey sent directly from Audio Content Fund. Wavehill will analyse the results and if you choose to provide any personal information in any open questions Wavehill will remove personal data, or data which may identify you, from the responses you provide. ​ A sample of production companies that have secured funding through ACF will be asked to take part in a later interview to explore issues in more depth and to support the production of a series of case studies. This sample will be chosen to be as representative of grant recipients as possible and will be based on production companies that have provided consent to be contacted via the survey. ​ Wavehill will only use email address and telephone number for the purposes of this evaluation. ​ If you raise a query or complaint and provide personal data requesting a response, the researcher will forward the request only to the relevant official and subsequently delete it from the research data. ​ What is the lawful basis for using your data? The lawful basis for processing information in this data collection exercise is our public task. Participation is completely voluntary. Research studies such as this are important for the DCMS to collect information and actionable evidence about its ability to deliver government priorities. The information collected in this research, for example, might be used to inform the on-going delivery of the Fund, and provide a source of robust evidence with which to judge the success of the support. It may also provide evidence which can be used to inform the delivery of any future funds. How secure is your personal data? Personal information provided to Wavehill is always stored on a secure server. The data can only be accessed by a limited number of researchers working on this project. Wavehill will only use this data for research purposes. Wavehill has cyber essentials certification. ​ When conducting surveys, Wavehill use a survey software programme called Qualtrics. We have ensured that Qualtrics is GDPR compliant and meets our expectations in terms of the security of any data collected via the software (e.g. all data is processed within the EEA). Wavehill has procedures to deal with any suspected data security breaches. If a suspected breach occurs, Wavehill will report this to DCMS who will notify you and any applicable regulator where we are legally required to do so. All data gathered through this research will be reported in an anonymised format. It will not contain your contact details and any identifiable information in open-ended answers will be removed. Wavehill will use the information gathered to produce a report that will be published on the Ofcom website. This report will not include any information that could be used to identify individual participants without their prior consent. ​ How long do we keep your personal data? Wavehill will hold personal data during the contract period, and any personal data will be deleted by Wavehill three months after the end of the contract. This includes your contact details. Wavehill will provide DCMS with an anonymised version of the data which will not include information that could identify you. Individual rights ​Under UK GDPR, you have the following rights in relation to the personal information you provide as part of this [project], you have the right: ​To access a copy of your own data; For us to rectify inaccuracies in that data; To object to or restrict processing (in certain circumstances); For your data to be ‘erased’ (in certain circumstances); and To lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is our independent regulator for data protection. ​The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Phone: 01625 545 745 or 0303 123 1113. Website: www.ico.gov.uk ​ Further Information ​If you have any further questions about how the data provided as part of this study will be used by DCMS or wish to exercise your rights using the UK General Data Protection Regulation, please contact: ​ Name: Adam Bennett E-mail address: adam.bennett@dcms.gov.uk DCMS’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at: dpo@dcms.gov.uk

Evaluation of the Audio Content Fund: grant applicants

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has commissioned Wavehill to undertake an independent evaluation of the Audio...