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Scottish Volunteering Forum

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
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
Ticked Internet access
Recycling
Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent)
Children in the household (childcare, schools, and travel)
Ticked Other - please indicate
Other:
Volunteering/community participation
Please select all that apply
Ticked Key adult characteristics
Ticked Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Ticked Accommodation/housing experiences
Ticked Neighbourhoods and community safety (including perception of local crime rate and local police performance, harassment and discrimination)
Ticked Education - qualifications
Ticked Employment/economic activity
Transport – Travel Diary
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
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 on volunteering is valued by all members of the Scottish Volunteering Forum. All member organisations have used Scottish Household survey data on volunteering for many years and found it extremely useful – particularly in the breakdown of demographics – cross referencing to income, disability etc. It has also been very useful for organisations including TSIs in looking at data across LA boundaries and differences across the country. Sample sizes are already too small to make local data very robust on an annual basis – and it has been better over two years – so we would not support reducing sample size any further. Local Authorities are also inevitably dramatically reducing business intelligence and data gathering exercises – so we tend to rely more on Scottish Government data. Volunteering trends do not swing widely year on year, so our strong view – better to have good robust data every second year than weak or partial data every year. We would be keen to keep the range of questions if at all possible.

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
see previous answer. We understand the government needs to look at all costs, but there is no other source of data for volunteering and participation rates. Given the need to cut costs option A would be our preferred option, and given the Scottish Government commitment to increasing participation we would think that it is a priority to continue to track this figure. Volunteering trends do not swing widely year on year, so our strong view – better to have good robust data every second year than weak or partial data every year. We would be keen to keep the range of questions if at all possible.

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 option would make the sample size too small to be meaningful when looking at local area data. Sample sizes are already too small to make local data very robust on an annual basis – so we would not support reducing sample size any further. Local Authorities have inevitably dramatically reduced business intelligence and data gathering exercises – so we rely even more heavily on the SHS data.

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?
The SHS data on volunteering is valued by all members of the Scottish Volunteering Forum. We have used Scottish Household survey data on volunteering for many years and found it extremely useful – particularly in the breakdown of demographics – cross referencing to income, disability etc. It has also been very useful for organisations including TSIs in looking at data across LA boundaries and differences across the country. Sample sizes are already too small to make local data very robust on an annual basis – and it has been better over two years – so we would not support reducing sample size any further. Local Authorities are also inevitably dramatically reducing business intelligence and data gathering exercises – so we tend to rely more on Scottish Government data. Volunteering trends do not swing widely year on year so our strong view – better to have good robust data every second year than weak or partial data every year. We would be keen to keep the range of questions if at all possible.

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 have not answered queston 8 and 9 as we do not believe option B is workable in relation to volunteering and participation data across Scotland.

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?
n/a

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)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
Ticked 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
Ticked Communities
Sport
Culture
Ticked Young People
Equalities
Ticked Other – please state
If other, please specify
volunteering and participation