I'll most likely do this in several stages, as it was a long, exhaustive and exhausting process. The short answer is that the stagegate was passed, pending some further effort to (1) broaden and map out our stakeholder engagement, (2) adapt and improve our plans to communicate the efforts of the project, particularly to facilitate a transition from a dispersive to interactive (two way) process and (3) further (and more completely) investigate the broader contexts of our research.
Overall, my feelings, shared by others were that...
i. I was happy that the extraordinary amount of effort from the stagegate team was acknowledged and commended
ii. It was felt that the process was very fair. I felt, personally, that the panel were very even handed and, although it was a very rigorous examination, it was done politely and kindly.
iii. We've got more to do and we are going to need help, maybe we should have asked for it earlier...?