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ASH Scotland

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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.

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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
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
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
ASH Scotland uses the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) for data on smoking and tobacco consumption. The topic of smoking falls under the key random adult topic of ‘Health/disability and caring responsibilities’. The survey enables us to track smoking prevalence in adults in Scotland. We also use the survey for data on age, gender and deprivation patterns in smoking rates amongst adults. We also use the SHS for data on the number of cigarettes smoked per day and the self-assessed health of smokers and non-smokers.

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
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
The Scottish Health Survey and the ONS Integrated Household Survey also provide estimates of overall smoking prevalence in Scottish adults. However, the sample size of the SHS and its long-time series mean it is better placed than these alternative sources to monitor smoking prevalence.

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 have the least impact on our use of the SHS as it would appear from Table 1, Annex A of the consultation document that questions on smoking are protected at full sample and would continue to be asked annually, albeit it a slightly reduced sample size (9,300 under Option A versus 9,800 currently). Option A would enable us to continue monitoring Scotland’s progress in achieving the Scottish Government’s aim of to a tobacco free generation by 2034 on an annual basis. Furthermore Option A would also mean a continuation of annual data for local authorities.

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 reduce the sample size by about a third which would have an impact on both the overall robustness and precision of the survey. Furthermore, annual local authority results would be lost under this option. It is also unclear which questions would be lost under Option B to achieve the 4 minute reduction in full sample topic coverage.

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?
Whilst we would prefer not to see any significant changes made to the design of the SHS, we appreciate that such changes are necessary. Our preferred option would be Option A which would maintain the robust sample size and therefore protect the integrity of the survey.

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 view, the topic we use is not affected by a change in frequency under Option A.

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 it is necessary to continue with same questions, frequency and sample on the topic of smoking in order to monitor progress in achieving the Scottish Government's ambition for a smoke-free Scotland by 2034.

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

What is the reason for your preference?
We would not like to see Option B implemented and therefore have no preference.

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 explain why.
We would not wish to see any further changes to the SHS because it is a valuable and unique source of Scottish data on a wide range of topics.

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.
Further reductions and changes to the design of the survey could potentially fundamentally undermine the overall value of the SHS.

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
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
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Private sector
Journalists / media
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15.. What is the main topic area(s) that your organisation as a whole focuses on?

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Ticked Health
Income and wealth
Young People
Other – please state