Response 134505603

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Introduction

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Your response along with your full name
Ticked 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Please do not publish my response at all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
Household composition & characteristics of all occupants
Employment status of the highest income householder
Household income from employment and other sources
Health /disability
Transport – cars, fuel spend, and bicycles
Accommodation - type of property, tenure, housing aspirations
SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
SHCS social survey - energy efficiency and renewables
Internet access
Ticked Recycling
Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent)
Children in the household (childcare, schools, and travel)
Other - please indicate
Please select all that apply
Key adult characteristics
Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Accommodation/housing experiences
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
Perceptions of local government and services
Participation in sports activities
Participation in cultural activities
Ticked Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Environment – climate change
Internet access and use
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
Recycling The two questions in the SHS recycling topic are used by colleagues in Waste policy to help understand household behaviours regarding both food waste and dry recyclables - and particularly how they relate to factors like housing type, rurality and deprivation. Analysis of these questions are also published in the National Statistics publication, Key Scottish Environment Statistics and are also published on Scottish Environment Statistics Online. Access to the outdoors The Visits to the outdoors question is used to update the National Indicator: Increase people's use of Scotland's outdoors. This question is also used to update Scottish Government's Equalities Evidence Finder and is published in Key Scottish Environment Statistics and Scottish Environment Statistics Online. Greenspace The walking distance to nearest greenspace has recently been included in the suite of National Indicators, which will be updated based on information provided by the Scottish Household Survey. The greenspace topic also acts as a background dataset for the Land Use Strategy indicators (though is not featured as part of the main suite of indicators) and is used to track the progress of the Central Scotland Green Network. The greenspace topic is also used to update the Scottish Government Equalities Evidence Finder and is published in Key Scottish Environment Statistics and Scottish Environment Statistics Online. Land Use The land use question is used to inform one of the indicators for the Scottish Government Land Use Strategy - Community Inclusion in Land Use Decision Making. This question was recently added to the Scottish Household Survey to address an identified need in the Land Use Strategy monitoring. The Land Use Strategy 2016-2021 was published in March 2016 following consultation and it was decided to keep the current suite of indicators - including the indicator based on the Scottish Household Survey data.

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

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No

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
Recycling There would be little impact for Waste Policy colleagues, as the priority is the ability to analyse recycling behaviours against other factors such as housing type, rurality and deprivation. Therefore, as long as data for these factors were collected in the same year as the recycling data there should not be too much of an issue. Visits to the outdoors There would be a negative impact from Option A as the visits to the outdoors question is used to update the National Indicator: Increase people's use of Scotland's outdoors. National Indicators largely focus on annual change as well as long term trend and so updating these on a biennial basis would be undesirable. Greenspace There would be a negative impact from Option A as the walking distance to nearest greenspace question is used to update the National Indicator: Improve access to local greenspace. National Indicators largely focus on annual change as well as long term trend and so updating these on a biennial basis would be undesirable. Land Use There would be little impact from option A on the land use question as it is already collected on a biennial basis.

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
Recycling There would be little impact for Waste Policy colleagues from Option B, as this would not affect the ability to analyse recycling behaviours against other factors. The slight increase in sample size under option B would be beneficial. Visits to the outdoors There would be a slightly detrimental impact from Option B as the sample size would be reduced by almost 3,000. However, this option would still allow the National Indicator: Increase people's use of Scotland's outdoors to be updated on an annual basis. Greenspace There would be a slightly detrimental impact from Option B as the sample size would be reduced by almost 3,000. However, this option would still allow the National Indicator: Improve access to local greenspace to be updated on an annual basis. Land Use There would be little impact from option B on the land use question as it would still be collected on a biennial basis, although the slight increase in sample size would be beneficial.

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

Please select one item
Option A
Ticked Option B
What is the reason for your option preference?
Option B would allow the National Indicators based on the access to outdoors and greenspace topics to continue to be updated on an annual basis (although there would be a sizeable decrease in the sample size). Under option B there would also be slight increases in the sample size for the recycling and land use topics which would be beneficial.

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.

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.
There are very few questions included in the Recycling and Environment topics so it does not seem sensible to reduce their breadth. The land use topic is currently biennial and the recycling topic is currently one third sample. As the access to outdoors and greenspace topics are both used to update National Indicators, making these topics biennial or significantly reducing their sample size would have a detrimental impact.

Section C - Looking Ahead

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.
A reduction in the SHS sample size would negatively impact our ability to generate different equalities breakdowns of the data and perform additional meaningful analysis which would be of use to policy colleagues and stakeholders. As there are numerous National Indicators that are updated using data from the SHS reducing the frequency of collection would mean that several indicators would no longer be able to be updated on an annual basis, which would be problematic given the emphasis of Scotland Performs on short term change. The impact of reducing the topic coverage depends heavily on whether there are alternative sources of evidence out there that are of a high enough quality. There are currently no alternative sources of evidence for the environment topics and so cutting these would result in the loss of useful information.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

Please select one item
Ticked Central government
Local government
Parliament
NHS
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
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
Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Equalities
Other – please state