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Introduction

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Cycling Scotland

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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.

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
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
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
Ticked 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
Participation in cultural activities
Ticked Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Ticked 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
The SHS is one of only a few large data sets which provides detailed analysis on both a national and local level. Within the organisation, the SHS is used to support and provide an evidence base for policy decisions and as a main contributing data source for Cycling Scotland's Annual Monitoring Report and Cycling Scotland's National Assessment of Local Authority Cycling Policy. The National Assessment and Annual Monitoring Report are frequently used by local authorities and other stakeholders in building an evidence base to influence policies at a national and local level - e.g., Active Travel Strategies that were a key Action within the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 2013.

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

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Ticked Yes
No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
Similar School based questions can be found within the Hands Up Scotland Survey. Comparable data is also found within the Scottish Census but this is only updated once a decade. In particular, the Scottish Census is a very useful data source due to the sample size; however the benefit of the SHS is that similar data sets are updated much more frequently allowing trends to be established and analysed rather than a focus on a snapshot at any one time.

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
As we produce reports annually, having biennial topics would mean we would be unable to regularly track progress on a wide range of topics. We would also lose some of the ability to monitor impact of policies and programmes (e.g., national, regional and local cycling policies) as the wait for updated data would be twice as long. Progress towards the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland's vision of 10% all of journeys to be by bike by 2020 would also be more difficult to track should data only be collected biannually.

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
Reducing the overall sample size of the SHS by a third would increase the margin of error in the data collected and make local area analysis, which already suffers from low sample sizes outside of cities, much more difficult to accurately track. The development of cycling is progressing; however, we are seeing the most significant progress locally - if it is more inaccurate (or sometimes not even possible) to analyse local areas, then this would significantly impact the ability to look at cycling and active travel levels on a local basis.

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 is considered within Cycling Scotland that, assuming all of the information we use remains within the SHS going forward, option A will have less of a negative impact than option B. We are happy to further discuss the key datasets within the SHS that are vital to remain - a snapshot of these can be found within the Annual Monitoring Report on the Cycling Scotland website.

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
As noted within Q6, Cycling Scotland strongly recommends that key data sets relating to cycling and active travel remain within the question/topic set to allow for consistency and tracking of trends (see Annual Monitoring Report 2016 on CS website for key data sets). In order to completely understand the impact of when these would be asked, we are happy to further discuss the implications once this has been examined as part of the consultation. Another key consideration on timings is that the sample sizes for topics are large enough at local levels so that local area analysis can be undertaken.

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
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.
As noted above, the preference is for cycling related topics (and key data sets) to go biennial to ensure that sample sizes remain and that key data sets are not lost.

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?
To allow us to track changes and analyse changes in behaviour on a yearly basis.

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.
A reduction in the overall sample size or the frequency of collection would have a larger negative impact than the removal of some topics which we may not use.

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. A reduction in the overall SHS sample size would damage Cycling Scotland's ability to accurate track data, especially at a local authority level where we require as detailed data as possible to monitor against progress locally and regionally. ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection would make monitoring trends, policies and cycling specific data more difficult in general. It could also impact our ability to accurately monitor the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland's 10% of all journeys by bike by 2020 shared vision. iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage could lead to topics that Cycling Scotland use in our Annual Report, National Assessment and Annual Cycling Monitoring Report being affected. Due to this, it would lower the ability to accurately monitor the levels of cycling in Scotland as laid out in Action 18 of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland.

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
Sport
Culture
Ticked Young People
Equalities
Other – please state