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The City of Edinburgh Council

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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
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
Ticked Accommodation - type of property, tenure, housing aspirations
Ticked SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
Ticked 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)
Other - please indicate
Please select all that apply
Ticked Key adult characteristics
Ticked Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Ticked 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
Ticked 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
Ticked 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 SHS is widely used across Council departments, though in general only individual question topics will be of interest to individual teams. The only indicators used as part of monitoring and evaluation are those indicators which form part of the Local Government Benchmarking Framework. Information from the SHS otherwise tends to be used to answer specific questions for which Edinburgh has no other information sources, or to provide trend comparisons for similar issues.

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
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
Because of its larger sample size the Edinburgh People Survey is used to track local performance on recycling, neighbourhoods, community safety, perception of local government and servcies, participation in sports, cultural activity, and internet access. Actual benefits and employment data will be used alongside the SHS. Edinburgh uses Mosaic from Experian, which also covers many of the areas in the SHS. From time-to-time research may be conducted with Edinburgh residents on any of the remaining topics.

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 overall impact would likely be small due to low level of use of SHS in performance reporting as stated previously. For planning and insight purposes, due to reporting timescales for SHS, most recent data employed are usually several years behind.

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 depend, to an extent, on whether the SHS sample was reduced proportionately by each local authority or not. A proportionate reduction of a third would represent a relatively small reduction in accuracy, given Edinburgh's sample size. If the sample size were reduced disproportionately, as has been the case previously in order to preserve the sample size of smaller local authorities, this could be an issue in some question areas - however more information would be necessary before we could comment on this.

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?
Presuming straight 1/3 reduction, option B preserves the greatest number of options for dealing with small and unreliable sub-samples, while having little impact on overall reliability of the sample for Edinburgh. Other local authorities which Edinburgh would compare itself against would also have only marginal impact in reliability as a result of a straight reduction.

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?

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i. By cutting topics completely
Ticked ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
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.
All topics provide value, reductions should be shared equally. Would prefer SHS to make specific recommendations, as there is unlikely to be comprehensive expertise in all question areas in any other organisation.

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?
We see no reason to report on a two year basis every two years.

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
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
Ticked iv. Other – please state
If other, please specify
Response would depend on scale of reduction
Please explain why.
Minor savings could be achieved by reduction in sample size or by dropping individual questions, however we are conscious that this is not practical if Scottish Government were to reduce funding of the survey by some significant margin. While a change to two-yearly/rolling reporting would have little impact on Edinburgh, moving to three-yearly/rolling reporting might. It would be reasonable to explore, if this became necessary, the option of reporting SHS results by urban and rural SLA groups with each having different timescales.

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.
Scale of changes would determine impact. Benefitting from larger sample sizes and having resources to conduct analysis, perform primary research and buy-in data insulates Edinburgh to an extent from small changes in the SHS.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

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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