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Introduction

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Scottish Government

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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
Ticked 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
Ticked Key adult characteristics
Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Ticked 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
Volunteering
Ticked Other - please indicate
Other:
Housing lists question

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
Housing lists data is used in PQs Housing list data is used to show how many households are on housing lists and crucially to give a more robust figure for this than simply adding together all the numbers of households on housing lists across the country as this figure includes extensive double counting. This is used to correct any erroneous statements made by stakeholders and for press quotes also used in ministerial speeches. In 2016 follow up questions have been added asking how many lists a household is on, for how long they have been on the list and for what reasons. this data will feed directly into the development of plans for delivering the 50,000 affordable houses promised in the main party manifestos. Housing Aspirations - the data from these questions is widely used and quoted. once again the data will feed directly into decisions on what type of homes people in Scotland want when the 50,000 affordable homes are being planned.

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
No
Please list alternative evidence sources for each topic
Lists - quarterly data returns from local authorities however as mentioned above these data contain extensive double counting and give no indication of how many lists people are on and for how long they have been on the list For Aspirations there are no alternative sources

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
Very little if the questions could be included in 2017

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
Less robust data need to wait for several years for the sample size to build up to before the data could be used

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?
Keep sample sizes high for breakdowns (local authority area, urban rural and so on)

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
Would like the list questions to be asked in 2017 because they were new in 2016 so then we could get two years data Aspirations questions likewise (although they were not new in 2016 they were extended)

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

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.
All could go biennial

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?
more robust

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
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 data would be less useful ii very little impact iii If the list and aspirations questions were cut it would severely impact on our ability to understand the housing system in Scotland

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

14.. What sector do you work in?

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