Response 13735660

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Introduction

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:

Please select one item
(Required)
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Please do not publish my response at all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
Ticked Employment status of the highest income householder
Ticked Household income from employment and other sources
Ticked Health /disability
Transport – cars, fuel spend, and bicycles
Ticked Accommodation - type of property, tenure, housing aspirations
Ticked SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
SHCS social survey - energy efficiency and renewables
Internet access
Recycling
Ticked 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
Ticked Key adult characteristics
Ticked Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Ticked Accommodation/housing experiences
Ticked Neighbourhoods and community safety (including perception of local crime rate and local police performance, harassment and discrimination)
Education - qualifications
Ticked Employment/economic activity
Transport – Travel Diary
Transport – use of private/public transport, congestion
Ticked Perceptions of local government and services
Participation in sports activities
Participation in cultural activities
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
We carry out research and consultancy on behalf of local authorities and housing associations. The SHS is very useful in providing demographic, economic and housing information to inform housing need and demand assessments, providing evidence in developing the Local Plan and Local Housing Strategy and determining future housing supply and its location.

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
some of the data comes from the Census

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
Option A would mean that the datasets we use would not be directly comparable as they would come from different years and would presumably have different response rates. A snapshot of all data at the same time is most useful to us as our work draws on several different datasets.

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
This option would have little impact or our work, assuming the findings would still be statistically valid to lower levels. It is the range of information which is particularly important to us.

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

What is the reason for your option preference?
Option A would mean that the datasets we use would not be directly comparable as they would come from different years and would presumably have different response rates. A snapshot of all data at the same time is most useful to us as our work draws on several different datasets. Option B would have little impact or our work, assuming the findings would still be statistically valid to lower levels. It is the range of information which is particularly important to us.

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
Ticked ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
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.
Environment - climate change Environment - access outdoors Education Participation in sport activities Participation in cultural activities Volunteering Internet access and usage

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
Ticked iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
iv. Other – please state

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

Please select one item
Central government
Ticked 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
Ticked Housing
Environment
Transport
Income and wealth
Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Equalities
Other – please state