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Introduction

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Gregor Berry

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Please do not publish my response at all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
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
Transport – Travel Diary
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
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
The Local Services data informs 2 Scotland Performs National Indicators (responsiveness of public services & perceptions of the quality of public services). In addition, policy colleagues use data from these questions in the Local Government benchmarking framework and CPP profiles, and local information on perception of and satisfaction with local services is an important in enabling greater community empowerment.

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
Option A would result in local services information, including the 2 National Indicators, only being available every second year, breaking the time series at both national and local level. This option would, however, broadly preserve the accuracy of local and national estimates by maintaining a sample size of around 10,000.

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
Option B would maintain availability of annual estimates of perception of and satisfaction with local services at national level and at local level for large & medium local authorities, with accuracy of estimates slightly reduced but within acceptable levels. To provide estimates for small local authorities, and other local & national estimates with a greater level of precision, a pooled 2 year sample would be used to provide estimates based on a sample of around 15,000 - preferable to the biennial sample of 10,000 available under Option A.

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?
Option B maintains the availability of annual headline information, while also providing a larger sample every second year than Option A (15,000 pooled vs 10,000 biennial). It is therefore significantly preferable to Option A.

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 preference.

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

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)

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
Ticked i. A reduction in the overall SHS sample size
ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
iv. Other – please state
Please explain why.
It would be preferable to maintain an annual collection, with 2 year pooled samples still enabling local analysis.

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.
A sample size reduction below the level at which a 2 year pooled sample provides reasonably accurate estimates at local authority level would significantly limit the utility of the local services information. A reduction in frequency, meanwhile, would mean that the 2 National Indicators on perceptions of and satisfaction with local services would only be updated every second year.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Ticked Central government
Local government
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)