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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
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Please do not publish my response at all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
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
Ticked Internet access
Ticked Recycling
Ticked Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent)
Ticked Children in the household (childcare, schools, and travel)
Ticked Other - please indicate
those used for the local government benchmarking framework
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)
Ticked Education - qualifications
Ticked Employment/economic activity
Transport – Travel Diary
Ticked Transport – use of private/public transport, congestion
Ticked Perceptions of local government and services
Ticked Participation in sports activities
Ticked Participation in cultural activities
Ticked Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Ticked 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 indicators used for the local government benchmarking framework, and other indicators are used as part of our self evaluation processes, along with data from a range of other sources e.g. our citizens' panel, census, population estimates etc. Some of the information has been used as proxy measures for financial inclusion work.

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

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
Local Citizens' Panel census Registered Social Landlord data

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
We use some of the data for reporting on our Single Outcome Agreement, so we would not be able to report annually on some of these. However we have asked some of the relevant questions in our Citizens' Panel anyway, as there are issues with the response rate for our questions in the SHS and we have a much better response rate to our Panel questionnaires.

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
This would decrease our sample size by too much, and make us less likely to use any SHS data for measurement or analysis. Some of the response rates to SHS questions for the Inverclyde area are as little as 100 people, whereas we routinely get a response rate from our citizens' panel of 600 people. For the local government benchmarking framework the maximum response rate was 250.

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?
As set out above. If the sample size were reduced then we would be concerned that the local sample size would be much less statistically robust, and would be less likely to use SHS data for any of our work. We already have concerns about the sample size as it stands just now.

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

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?
We report annually on our single outcome agreement and also require annual data for other reports.

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.
any reduction in sample size would make the data even less reliable at a local level, reduction in frequency would mean we would probably stop using the measures in annual reporting for a variety of plans/strategies etc.

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.
We would have to seek alternative data sources, or increase the number of repeated questions within our Citizens' Panel.

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
Any reduction now or in the future will leave the SHS only useful for Scotland level data and would not be able to be used at a local level (although there are currently issues with the representativeness at local level). This would have to be acknowledged and it would have to be agreed that the SHS data no longer be used in data sets such as the local government benchmarking framework, particularly for smaller council areas.

14.. What sector do you work in?

Please select one item
Central government
Ticked Local government
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
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
Ticked Health
Ticked Housing
Ticked Environment
Ticked Transport
Ticked Income and wealth
Ticked Communities
Ticked Sport
Ticked Culture
Ticked Young People
Ticked Equalities
Other – please state