Response 928747660

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Introduction

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Individual
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Volunteer Centre Edinburgh

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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Ticked Your response along with your full name
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Please do not publish my response at all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
Key adult characteristics
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
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 is vital to us in monitoring rates of volunteering both nationally and locally within our LA. Although sample rates at local level are low this never the less gives us an important indication of the health of volunteering. Further analysis across a range of demographic factors also allows us to identify trends and areas for developmental work.

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

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Yes
Ticked No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
Currently there is no other source that gives us as useful data.

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 be our preferred option. As we specifically interested in responses at a local authority level reduction in sample size would be potentially detrimental to the viability of the data. Cutting question sets completely, if it were volunteering that were cut would obviously not be an option that we would wish. Bi Annual survey using the same sample rate and including the vital to us "volunteering" question would at least continue to give us robust data. Additionally our area of interest, volunteering is not subject generally to wide swings from year to year as a result building a picture over two years would be far less detrimental than further compressing the sample size or cutting the question all together.

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
Further compression of the sample size could potentially damage the credibility of the data gathered on volunteering. Cutting the volunteering question altogether would obviously not be an option we would want to see.

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?
As stated above - good robust data from as wide a sample size as possible biannually is preferable to annual information on very small sample sizes or cutting the question set.

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
ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
Ticked iii. By introducing more biennial topics and questions
iv. By introducing more one third sample questions

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

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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)

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
Ticked ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
iv. Other – please state

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. Concern that an already small sample rate at LA level would render the data effectively meaningless. ii. This would be the least detrimental. iii. If volunteering question was cut this would obviously be disastrous for us.

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?

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Health
Housing
Environment
Transport
Income and wealth
Communities
Sport
Culture
Young People
Equalities
Ticked Other – please state
If other, please specify
Volunteering