Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


  1. What is the Our Outdoors Survey? 

The Our Outdoors survey has been designed to capture how various aspects of outdoor spaces affect our health and wellbeing.

The survey has been designed by both public health researchers at the University of Edinburgh and members of the public through a series of workshops and public engagement activities. The survey draws both on existing evidence available in scientific literature as well as the views and experiences of citizens 

  1. Why take part in the survey?

Across the UK, there are huge disparities in the availability of good quality shared outdoor spaces. This survey will provide a tool for citizens, researchers and policy makers alike, to better understand how shared public spaces contribute to public health and how regions of the UK differ in term of access and distribution of health promoting spaces.

  1. How do I take part in the survey?

 To take part in the survey, click on the link below:

If you prefer, you can also download a copy of the survey below, print it and post it back to this address:

Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP)
University of Edinburgh
9 Hope Park Square

  1. How long will it take me?

It will take 8-10 minutes to complete.

  1. Do I need to complete the survey all at once?

Yes. However, you can complete the survey multiple times if you want for as many outdoor spaces that you like.

  1. How many times can I fill out the survey?

You can complete the survey for as many shared outdoor spaces that you like. We want to hear about spaces that you both enjoy and don’t enjoy. If the way you feel in a space changes depending on the time of day or time of year, please tell us about it.

  1. How will the information I provide be used?

The information collected will be analysed and the findings will be made available for anyone to look at and use. We hope the findings can be used by local community groups, researchers and policy makers to understand the positive and negative effects of specific shared outdoor spaces on health and wellbeing. The information may be used to develop better shared outdoor spaces.

The data collected from the surveys will help us answer the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between the features of shared outdoor spaces and health and wellbeing?
  • How does access to shared outdoor spaces vary according to areas of deprivation and across the UK?
  • Does the impact of outdoor spaces vary by personal characteristics such as age, gender and mobility?
  • What are the best methods of engaging members of the public in public health citizen science?

As part of the project we would like to work with Local Authorities, communities’ groups and voluntary organisations to understand whether the shared outdoor spaces in your area positively or negatively affect the health and wellbeing of people that use them.

  1. Are my responses anonymous?

Yes, your answers are anonymous.

  1. If I need any Help and support?

If you have any questions about the survey, or are encountering any issues, please get in touch at If you would like to request paper copies of the survey, please contact us.