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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Please do not publish my response at all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
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
Internet access
Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent)
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
Participation in sports activities
Ticked Participation in cultural activities
Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Environment – climate change
Internet access and use
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
As an authority, we have been moving away from using SHS data as the primary data source to illustrate a particular point and instead use it far more often as supportive, contextual or indicative data. We use SHS data in a variety of documents including the HNDA and the Strategic Assessment. It is also used to monitor transport trends. The SHS is useful to a wide range of services given the breath of topics covered

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
Yes and stated above, we will tend to use the information from SHS to support other information sources where possible so for example, we would use the Scottish Crime and Justice survey or the Labour Force Survey and compliment with SHS data. Other services rely more heavily on the SHS data as its difficult to source robust data anywhere else, for example information on health behaviours, volunteering and some of the perceptions 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
Option A appealed to more of the respondents from Aberdeen City Council because of the continued sample size. The fact that the protected questions would continue to be asked annually was reassuring and one respondent commented that the data they required was only available biannually anyway so it wouldn't make much difference. There was comment that retaining the breath of questions would be useful across a range of council services. Finally, for those using the data as a indicator, continuing to receive the data 'as is' annually at the current sample size was appealing.

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 to such a degree did cause a degree of alarm from some respondents. There was concern that samples were already quite small and any further reduction may make using the data at local authority level redundant. Some respondents commented that the rolling 2 year averages would be very useful, firstly as they seems to reduce confidence intervals and secondly, that averaging two years of data would create a smoother trend line over the longer term. It depends on whether the service is using the data as a annual indicator of performance or to measure more general long term trends.

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

What is the reason for your option preference?
The majority of our respondents favoured option A but there was some support for option B.

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 would still like to publish annual reports on SHS statistics.

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.
Keeping the SHS fresh and topical by constantly assessing topics. Perhaps dropping questions where data can be sourced elsewhere.

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.
As previously noted, SHS data tends to be used more often now as supplementary or contextual but impact would vary across the services. Housing and Transport would be more affected than some others.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

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)