Response 977291835

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Introduction

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Organisation

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Prof John J Reilly

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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Your response only (anonymous)
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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
Ticked 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)
Ticked Children in the household (childcare, schools, and travel)
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
Providing a critique of public health surveillance in Scotland, specifically surveillance of physical activity & health in children and adolescents. I lead the Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card process and am on the Exec. Committee of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance- this will produce Active Healthy Kids Report Cards for 40 nations/jurisdictions at the end of 2016.

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
SHeS HBSC NDNS GUS Various travel surveys-active commuting to school.

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 seem to have little impact for our particular purposes, and in my view it is preferable to run the survey less often, but to have the largest sample size possible. Once the 'headline' sample size is broken down by subgroups (eg by age and gender in childhood and adolescence) the size of those subgroups becomes critically small and it is better for surveillance of health behaviours and outcomes, which vary by age and gender, to retain the sample size- if the sample becomes any smaller it will have limited use.

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
Reducing the sample size will make it of very limited value for surveillance of health behaviours and outcomes which vary by gender and age and SES in childhood and adolescence.

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?
Retaining the sample size is more important than maintaining the frequency of the survey in my view.I am not convinced of the need to have an annual survey, particularly as a number of the health behaviours and outcomes are not measured very accurately at present.

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

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.
ii

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.
Reduction in sample size would limit the value of SHS from my perspective, to the point where the data collected would be of limited use.

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
1. A number of the health behaviours and outcomes are not measured well in the SHS-other countries do much better in their surveillance of similar variables (e.g. Canada); 2. What is being measured is often not clear (the descriptors don't match the questions actually asked); 3. See Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Cards 2013 and 2016 for a critique of child and adolescent physical activity and health surveillance data in Scotland.

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Central government
Local government
Parliament
NHS
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Ticked 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