Response 650130094

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Introduction

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East Dunbartonshire Council

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
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
SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
SHCS social survey - energy efficiency and renewables
Ticked Internet access
Recycling
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
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
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 data sets were used to inform the development of the Council's Active Travel Strategy. The Active Travel Strategy was informed by the Neighbourhood, Environment, Culture and Transport chapters from the SHS datasets. The forthcoming next Local Transport Strategy is likely to be informed by the these same data sets. The data has also been used to inform our local area profile for East Dunbartonshire.

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

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No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
National Census, National Records of Scotland, NOMIS (Labour Market Statistics, ONS, Sustrans hands Up Survey and the Cycling Scotland Annual Report. Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics, Population and household data from National Records of 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
The main implication is that reporting annual changes in trends will not be available for some data sets, particularly transport data on use of private and public transport and congestion. The impact on the eight Local Government Benchmarking Framework indicators that use SHS data.

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 are concerned that any reduction in sample size would reduce the reliability and statistical significance of the data. Some data sets for East Dunbartonshire are small and a further sample size reduction would increase the risk of data being less meaninful. We would be more reliant on other sources like the national census which only takes place every ten years. We would also be concerned about the reliability of two year rolling average estimates.

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?
We would prefer robust data sets used to ensure a high enough sample size for meaningful inference. Biennial data for some trends would be an acceptable compromise. This option retains the ability to drill down and undertake sub-group analysis.

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
N/A

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 could be biennial. We would prefer to retain reliable data biennially than sacrifice this reliability for annual data.

10.. Under option B (cut in sample size), would you prefer local authority data to be published on a:

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Two year rolling average basis every year
Ticked 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 feel this would provide more reliable data.

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
Ticked ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
iv. Other – please state
Please explain why.
If there was a reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection and the sample size was retained this would be preferable as we feel that it is important to retain the sample size for reliability of data.

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) Reducing the sample size could make it too small for meaninful statistics ii) Reporting/monitoring on strategy delivery and trends would be less effective and more difficult to gauge levels of progress. iii) There could be a risk that some crucial information is no longer collected and increase reliance on other less freqently published data sources.

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
In the transport chapter, it would be particularly helpful if questions on bicycle ownership and regular use were included at a local level.

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Central government
Ticked Local government
Parliament
NHS
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
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
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