Response 137942919

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Introduction

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Central Scotland Green Network

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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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Please do not publish my response at all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
Ticked Health /disability
Ticked 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
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
Ticked Key adult characteristics
Ticked 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
Ticked Transport – Travel Diary
Ticked Transport – use of private/public transport, congestion
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
Several key benchmark indicators documenting the performance and development of the CSGN. Also ad-hoc data requests for specific local authority scale data to support funding bids for environmental improvement initiatives/projects.

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

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Yes
Ticked No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
SPANS data maybe, but not for perception of health and wellbeing stuff. Also value having volunteering data.

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
I can cope with not having may results every year so as long as we don't lose any of the questions I follow and the sample size stays the same, this should be OK.

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
As with option A, I can cope with not having may results every year so as long as we don't lose any of my questions and the sample size stays the same. What I want is more precision and more perception and behaviour questions related to environmental and greenspace issues. In this respect, I think option B might have more to offer?

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

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Option A
Ticked Option B
What is the reason for your option preference?
Favour precision over annual, don't care if it's rolling.

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
Any data related to environment and volunteering scheduled for 2017.

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?

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i. By cutting topics completely
ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
iii. By introducing more biennial topics and questions
Ticked 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.
I feel that other datasets available via Nomis cover several Key Household Topics. Particularly employment, income, qualifications. Other questions aren't of interest to me and I don't see much value in getting frequent updates such as accommodation characteristics. Need more on how people feel about their world and personal circumstances and behaviours.

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

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Two year rolling average basis every year
Ticked 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)
What is the reason for your preference?
Just give me the data, as accurate as possible to the smallest geog unit (eg Clackmannanshire). If this means combining two years and only having it every other year then fine, I can work around this.

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:

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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
Please explain why.
There is too much duplication with other datasets available via Nomis.

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.
We are committed to following certain benchmark indicators, if we no longer have access we might have to ask Govt to fund surveys to give us our results.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

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
Ticked Health
Housing
Ticked Environment
Ticked Transport
Income and wealth
Ticked Communities
Ticked Sport
Ticked Culture
Young People
Equalities
Other – please state