Response 1042223919

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Introduction

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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Individual
Ticked Organisation

What is your name or your organisation's name?

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the National Trust for Scotland

The Scottish Government generally seeks to publish responses to a consultation, in summary and where possible in detail. We would like your permission to publish:

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Ticked Your response along with your full name
Your response only (anonymous)
Please do not publish my response at all

Section A - A Use of SHS

1.. What are the main social survey topics that you use in the SHS? Please tick all that apply. Please distinguish between the topics in your following answers.

Please select all that apply
Ticked Key adult characteristics
Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Accommodation/housing experiences
Ticked Neighbourhoods and community safety (including perception of local crime rate and local police performance, harassment and discrimination)
Education - qualifications
Employment/economic activity
Transport – Travel Diary
Transport – use of private/public transport, congestion
Ticked Perceptions of local government and services
Ticked Participation in sports activities
Ticked Participation in cultural activities
Ticked Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Ticked Environment – climate change
Internet access and use
Ticked Volunteering
Other - please indicate

2. . What do you use the SHS for? We are particularly interested in how analysis of SHS data is used for informing, monitoring and evaluating policy and practice decisions, including examples of where analysis has influenced decision making. Please be as specific as possible in your answers.

Please explain
Robust national data is important for informing policy development across Scotland. We use it for benchmarking our own data against - for example, our volunteer profile is primarily aged above 60, but their self-assessed health is markedly better than the national average. We dip in and out of the national statistics on a regular basis to gain information on access to green space, outdoors, visits to historic sites etc. Questions which assess how individuals can impact on local decision-making etc are helpful in understanding frustrations in community empowerment/land reform and it is essential that these can be broken down reliably to demographics and local authority level to see if lack of participation and engagement is more prevalent in some areas/demographics.

3.. Are there any alternative evidence sources available for the topics and/or questions you use in the SHS?

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
Active participation: Scottish Opinion Survey - e.g. Scotland's People and Nature Survey; Scottish Health Survey Mental Health & Wellbeing - Scottish Health Survey Self-reported health: Scottish Health Survey

Section B - Views on options for 2017

4.. What would be the impact of SHS option A for your organisation’s use of the SHS? Please distinguish between the different topics you use when answering.

Please explain
This would have minimal impact on our use of the SHS

5.. What would be the impact of SHS option B for your organisation’s use of the SHS? Please distinguish between the different topics you use when answering.

Please explain
Whilst it would still have minimal impact on our use, we would be concerned at how robustly the dataset could be disaggregated

6.. Do you prefer option A or option B?

Please select one item
Ticked Option A
Option B
What is the reason for your option preference?
Robust data sets - it is essential that all local authorities are able to access robust data from national surveys

7.. Under option A (biennial) half of the topics would be asked in 2017 (odd year) and half in 2018 (even year) (assuming this is the model adopted for 2018-2021). Do you have any views on what topics should be asked in 2017 and 2018?

Please explain
no

8.. Under option B (reduction in sample size), a small reduction in full sample topic coverage of around 4 minutes (around 7% of questions) is necessary to maintain current ‘one third sample questions’ at around their present sample size. How should this be achieved?

Please select one item
i. By cutting topics completely
ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
Ticked iii. By introducing more biennial topics and questions
iv. By introducing more one third sample questions

9.. In order to contribute to the 4 minute reduction, which of the topics which you use do you think could be:

Please be specific as possible in your answers.
Give priority to those which are to be used as national indicators and sub-indicators of these which help assess impact over a time period

10.. Under option B (cut in sample size), would you prefer local authority data to be published on a:

Please select one item
Ticked Two year rolling average basis every year
Two year basis every two years (i.e. 2017 and 2018 data would be published in 2019, 2019 and 2020 data would be published in 2021)

Section C - Looking Ahead

11.. Looking ahead to 2018-2021 , the Scottish Government may need to make further reductions to the SHS. If this is necessary, would you prefer any further changes to the SHS to be based on:

Please select one item
i. A reduction in the overall SHS sample size
ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
Ticked iv. Other – please state
If other, please specify
No reduction

12.. What would be the impact on the work of your organisation if there were to be a further:

Please be specific as possible in your answers.
Less concerned about our own organisation than the impact on those using data to evidence local and national government policy decisions.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

13.. Do you have any other comments about the SHS or this consultation?

Please explain
This is Scotland's national survey - it should be valued and safeguarded to ensure a useful time series. We are happy to work the Scottish Government to improve the questions asked to make them as relevant and useful to national policy making as possible. We would be concerned about cuts to the survey prior to the next review of the national performance framework. Indeed, we thought the review may lead to more questions being asked - for example around community empowerment.

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Central government
Local government
Parliament
NHS
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
Ticked Third sector (Voluntary and charity)
Private sector
Student
Journalists / media
Other (please specify)

15.. What is the main topic area(s) that your organisation as a whole focuses on?

Please select all that apply
Health
Housing
Ticked Environment
Transport
Income and wealth
Ticked Communities
Sport
Ticked Culture
Young People
Equalities
Other – please state