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Introduction

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Physical Activity for Health Research Centre

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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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
Perceptions of local government and services
Ticked Participation in sports activities
Participation in cultural activities
Ticked Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Environment – climate change
Internet access and use
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
We use the physical activity data (most notably walking prevalence) in teaching materials and presentations on the state of physical activity in Scotland. We also have some members who use the prevalence of specific sporting activities as background information for their research. We have not undertaken any detailed secondary analysis using this dataset.

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
No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
We rely heavily on the Scottish Health Survey for the majority of our information on physical activity in Scotland.

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 would be happy with either option for the future Scottish Household Surveys as our use of the data would not be significantly affected under either option. Under option A, assuming physical activity become a biennial topic, we would have to use data that was a few years out of date.

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
We would be happy with either option for the future Scottish Household Surveys as our use of the data would not be significantly affected under either option. Under option B the confidence intervals around some of the estimates would be larger but it would not prohibit our use of the data.

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

What is the reason for your option preference?
We would be happy with either option for the future Scottish Household Surveys as our use of the data would not be significantly affected under either option.

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.

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.
We believe there is the potential to streamline the physical activity questions across the health and household surveys, although this may be beyond the scope of this consultation.

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 are not the main users of local authority data. However, we do find it useful to have up-to-date information if it is available.

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
Do not want to state an option.
Please explain why.
As we are not main users of the SHS, we do not want to choose an option.

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.
i. If the sample size was to reduce further, it would fall into a similar range as the Health Survey. The main advantage of the Household Survey for us in relation to the prevalence of sporting activities is sample size, particularly for assessing prevalence of minority sports. If there was no difference in sample size between the two surveys, then would be scope for removing these questions altogether. ii. We might be less likely to use the data if it was collected less frequently than every second year. It is important for us to provide up-to-date statistics in our teaching and presentations. By the time the statistics are released, we are already almost a year behind. Greater gaps between data collection points would not help this. iii. The SHS physical activity questions are different to those in the Health Survey (which we rely on more heavily). However, we acknowledge there may be scope to streamline and minimise duplication between the surveys.

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Central government
Local government
Parliament
NHS
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Ticked Higher/further education (excluding students)
Third sector (Voluntary and charity)
Private sector
Student
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
Health
Housing
Environment
Transport
Income and wealth
Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Equalities
Ticked Other – please state
If other, please specify
Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour