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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
Employment status of the highest income householder
Household income from employment and other sources
Ticked Health /disability
Transport – cars, fuel spend, and bicycles
Accommodation - type of property, tenure, housing aspirations
SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
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
Key adult characteristics
Ticked 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
Ticked Perceptions of local government and services
Ticked 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
We use it to inform our policy and advice to members.

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
We also consult the Scottish Health Survey to give greater detail and insight in some of the areas.

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
As we use specific aspects of the survey to inform our policies and members, this update would take place every two years. Although it would not provide information as frequently, it would enable a more in-depth report to be produced internally to reflect the findings taking place over a longer time period.

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 be highly dependent on the areas where questions or topics were cut. If pertinent information was no longer available, the relevance of the survey would inevitably be reduced. There would need to be careful consideration of the impact of any reduction in questions or topics.

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

Please select one item
Ticked Option A
Option B
What is the reason for your option preference?
All of the information would still be provided and it would be possible to track changes over a longer period of time. By choosing option B and changing the questions, any monitoring of information would have to start almost fresh from a new baseline.

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
It would be useful to group together topic areas that are similar or related in order to provide as comprehensive a picture as possible. For example, economic activity and finance in the same year, and neighbourhoods and communities along with housing.

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?

Please select one item
i. By cutting topics completely
ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
Ticked 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.
Topics with potential for biennial inclusion are some of the softer, more lifestyle orientated questions, such as neighbourhoods and communities, transport, environment, volunteering, and culture and sport. Other areas may have more direct impact on health, wellbeing and financial issues that require closer scrutiny and monitoring. Topics where there is scope to move from a full to a one third sample include internet, volunteering and local services.

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?
This would provide a clearer indication of the data, rather than averaging the results which may not provide as clear a reflection of the reality.

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
A combination of approaches
Please explain why.
A blanket approach to all topic areas may not be the best method to reduce the SHS. Each area should be considered individually and the best approach adopted, resulting in a mixture of methods to ensure the best possible and most relevant results are obtained.

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.
If the specific relevant topic areas were to receive a reduction in the overall sample size, the robustness of the results could be questionable. As a national organisation, a wider sample size is beneficial as this is more likely to be representative of the wider population. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection alone would enable the same quality and robustness of data to be reflected, and this would enable exploration of the data in more detail on a less regular basis. A reduction in the SHS topic coverage would be dependent upon the choice of topic areas to reduce. If the areas of particular interest to Sporta were affected, this would enable less data to be obtained and would lead to consideration of alternative methods to obtain this data.

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
Sporta values the data collected through the SHS and welcomes the opportunity to participate in this consultation. At a time of increasing budget pressures it is important to ensure that all data collected is done so effectively and is used appropriately. However, there is a risk that by simply reducing data collection, evidence and impact measurement may be rendered more difficult.

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Central government
Local government
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
Ticked 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
Income and wealth
Ticked Communities
Ticked Sport
Ticked Culture
Young People
Ticked Equalities
Other – please state