Response 845306851

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Introduction

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
(Required)
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Please do not publish my response at all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
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
Recycling
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
Ticked 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
Participation in sports activities
Participation in cultural activities
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
Figures taken from SHS are used in ScotPHO Local Authority and Health Board level profiles (specifically Tabacco, Alcohol and Health and Wellbeing profiles) produced as part of a collaboration between ISD Scotland and Health Scotland. The ScotPHO profiles are freely available (http://www.scotpho.org.uk/comparative-health/profiles/online-profiles-tool) and provide information on a range of indicators from multiple different sources. Profiles include time trend information and enable snapshot comparison between different areas and to the rest of Scotland. There are a variety of user of these profiles which include policy makers, service planners and those delivering services.

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

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No

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 would result in a reduction in the frequency with which we could update SHS reliant indicators within our area profiles. Currently indicators are updated annually this would need to change to biennial updates. A small change in the sample size may also reduce the representativeness of the survey data when figures are broken down by Local Authority or NHS Board.

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
Option B would mean that we could continue to update our area profile indicators annually however a large reduction in sample size may have a significant impact on the representativeness of data for the geographical breakdowns that we use such as Local Authority of NHS Board.

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?
We would prefer that sample size was maximised to ensure that figures produced are more likely to be representative.

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 preference

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.
Our team are specifically interested in health indicators, in particular those around smoking patterns, we would prefer that these questions are NOT dropped and the frequency of collection is reduced rather than the sample size.

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?
It is important to us to have access to survey data as soon as practicable. The longer the delay between gathering data and its publishing the less chance there is to respond to any changes in a timely fashion.

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
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
Ticked iv. Other – please state
If other, please specify
A combination of reduction in frequency of collection and topic coverage
Please explain why.
We would prefer to ensure that sample size remains maximised to ensure representativeness of any responses. There may be topics that could be cut as our organisation do not use all fields from SHS but perhaps a combination of reduced frequency of data collection and cutting some topics that are less well used might be best.

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.
Reduction in sample size would decrease the representativeness of any figures which we would prefer to avoid. A reduction in frequency or coverage would only affect us if these were made to topics we make use of, predominantly the health (smoking) related questions.

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
no

14.. What sector do you work in?

Please select one item
Central government
Local government
Parliament
Ticked 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
Housing
Environment
Transport
Income and wealth
Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Equalities
Other – please state