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West Dunbartonshire 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 would be used internally along with all other relevant local and national data in the development of local policies and strategies. Information is used to support the writing of our own local Social and Economic Profile, which is then used to inform local policy development. The SHS data are also used in reviewing the performance of services and when looking at comparative benchmarking information.

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
we use our local citizens panel as an alternative local data source for key topics and questions.

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
While there would be an impact locally from option A being implemented it would be minimal. Halving the number of topics published each year would mean that all areas had to rely on slightly more historical data, however time lag is already an issue on national data sets so this would not be a significant issue. It would be important to get the grouping right on the topics for publication on each year to ensure a full suite of data were available for use.

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 sample size for the SHS would not be a viable option from a local perspective. A reduced sample would not be robust of representative and would result in the need to rely on alternative data sources both nationally and locally.

6.. Do you prefer option A or option B?

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Ticked Option A
Option B
What is the reason for your option preference?
option B would not provide a viable and robust data source

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 view on which group of topics should be asked first, however as mentioned in a previous answer it is important that the grouping of topics provides a range and balance of data.

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.
Go biennial there is a need to maintain the sample size and breadth of 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?
a rolling average would at least provide a full data set in each year of publication. It would also level out any annual significant fluctuations.

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
no further changes
Please explain why.
while we fully understand the need to make savings, a reduction in sample size or a further reduction in frequency would significantly reduce the value of the SHS. It may be of more value to develop an alternative model which fits with financial pressures and provides the data required. This would have to be developed following a preiod of consultation with data users.

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 SHS would no longer be a strong and reliable data source locally if there were to be further reductions to the frequency of collection or reductions in sample size and topics covered.

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