Response 1479805

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Introduction

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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Ticked Individual
Organisation

What is your name or your organisation's name?

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University of Aberdeen

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Please do not publish my response at all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
Household composition & characteristics of all occupants
Ticked Employment status of the highest income householder
Ticked Household income from employment and other sources
Health /disability
Ticked Transport – cars, fuel spend, and bicycles
Ticked 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
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
Ticked Transport – Travel Diary
Ticked 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
In the past, I have utilised data contained within the SHS to evaluate the perceptions of local bus users towards the quality of service and how this interacts with perceived satisfaction with the service. This research has been useful in shedding light on what dimensions of quality seem to have the biggest effect over satisfaction. Currently, I am using SHS in order to produce transport profiles of Scotland's local authorities in order to develop a series of local transport carbon models. These models, when completed, will allow forecasting of changes in the transport carbon inventory of Scotland's local authorities.

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

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
None

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
The reduction in the overall sample size would likely mean that it would not be possible to calculate robust estimates of certain transport characteristics monitored by the SHS at the local authority level. This might mean that the construction of our transport carbon models for Scotland's local authorities could not be refreshed in the future.

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?
It will likely generate the smallest impact on our work.

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
Ticked ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
iii. By introducing more biennial topics and questions
iv. By introducing more one third sample questions

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

What is the reason for your preference?
No preference

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
Please explain why.
One of the prominent strengths of the SHS is its ability to produce robust local authority profiles. In my view, this should be retained.

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.
It is difficult to estimate this without specific details concerning what is being cut and by how much.

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)
Ticked 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
Ticked Transport
Income and wealth
Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Equalities
Other – please state