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Culture Republic

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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.

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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
Ticked Internet access
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)
Ticked 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
Ticked Participation in cultural activities
Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Environment – climate change
Ticked Internet access and use
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
Culture Republic's primary use of the SHS is the questions relating to cultural attendance and participation. We use this information to track trends in cultural engagement and in our work with cultural organisations across Scotland to understand the variation across Scotland and within population segments. Our mission is to enable a thriving cultural sector and to support cultural organisations to understand current and potential audiences in order to drive innovation, creativity and growth. The SHS is the only national data set which enables cultural engagement to be measured and tracked on a longitudinal basis. It is robust at a regional level allowing individual cultural organisations to understand the characteristics of their market place and thereby identify strategies for increased audience engagement.

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

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Ticked No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
While Culture Republic holds other data sets, such as transactional sales and attendance data drawn from Scotland's arts venues and social media metrics, and has access to other population data (such as Experian's Mosaic data) there is no other comprehensive, robust and consistent data set relating to cultural attendance and participation.

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
For the topics relating to culture, the move to biannual data collection means that it would not be possible to identify the impact of a particular event, programme or initiative on cultural engagement from year to year.

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
For the topics relating to culture the reduction in the sample size would have a significant impact. The SHS allows identification of variation in cultural engagement by different segments of the population in dfferent areas and locations. It is important to be able to drill down to a detailed level with confidence to show how variation in attendance are affected by area or population type.

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?
Given the options, it is preferable to have a robust data set at a detailed level than the provision of annual data

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

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

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

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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?
This option means there is access to a current dataset rather than having a considerable wait in accessing new data

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
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.
Sample size is important to ensure that detailed analysis is possible within subsets of the data. The survey is also the only source of longitudinal data so it is important that the breadth of questions relating to culture are maintained.

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.
The data set would not be as useful/meaningful and practically would result in are reduction in use

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

13.. Do you have any other comments about the SHS or this consultation?

Please explain
Culture Republic would like to reiterate that the SHS represents the only comprehensive, robust and longitudinal source of data about cultural engagement in Scotland. If this source of information did not exist there would be no way of consistently tracking how Scotland's population is engaging with culture. This data is important to drive policy, decision making and ensure equality of opportunity is achieved.

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Central government
Local government
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
Ticked Third sector (Voluntary and charity)
Private sector
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
Income and wealth
Ticked Culture
Young People
Other – please state