Response 190641524

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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Please do not publish my response at all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
Employment status of the highest income householder
Ticked Household income from employment and other sources
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)
Ticked 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
Ticked Transport – Travel Diary
Ticked 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
I uses SHS data to produce briefings for Members of the Scottish Parliament and its committees. I also use SHS data to answer individual enquiries from MSPs on both constituency and wider policy areas. My particular focus is on transport and land use planning.

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
The key impact of option A would be the loss of continuous annual transport data. In addition, given the time lag in publication, some statistics could be as much as three years old before they were updated - which would be a concern for MSPs.

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 key impact would be the loss of annual local authority transport data - although the increase in precision brought about by rolling two-year averages might be useful, particularly for figures on active travel, which can be very variable due to small sample sizes.

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?
Maintaining robust figures, which are comparable with those collected in previous years is more important to my work than annually updated figures

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 strong views on this.

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.
i. None. ii. HD20(11), HE15, HE16, HE17 iii. None.

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)
What is the reason for your preference?
Reduces the time lag between data collection and publication.

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
Ticked ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
iv. Other – please state
Please explain why.
Maintaining the current precision and the ability to confidently compare figures across a long time series is more important than the availability of annual statistics.

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.
i. The potential loss of precision, and possibly the ability to compare figures with previous years, would be a key concern. ii. MSPs are usually keen to have current, annual figures. However, they are generally accepting of delays in availability if the statistics are robust. iii. Loss of topic coverage in the transport and planning areas could compromise my ability to provide a high quality service to MSPs.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

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