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Built Environment Forum 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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Household composition & characteristics of all occupants
Employment status of the highest income householder
Household income from employment and other sources
Health /disability
Transport – cars, fuel spend, and bicycles
Accommodation - type of property, tenure, housing aspirations
Ticked SHCS social survey - use of heating, repairs, adaptations
SHCS social survey - energy efficiency and renewables
Internet access
Savings and household finances, including housing costs (mortgage and rent)
Children in the household (childcare, schools, and travel)
Other - please indicate
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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
Ticked 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
Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is pleased to have the opportunity to comment on this consultation. BEFS convenes a working group tasked with developing a performance measurement framework to measure the success of delivering the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland 'Our Place in Time'. As part of this role, the group is currently considering potential changes to the measure used for the National Performance Framework (NPF) Indicator ‘Improve the state of Scotland’s historic sites’. We are also currently commenting on the scope of the biennial audit for the historic environment sector ‘Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit’ (SHEA), which is the source of most of the ‘baseline 1’ measures in the above framework. SHS currently contributes data to the SHEA on the condition of pre-1919 buildings (SHCS). This serves to indicate condition/state or repair in the wider stock of historic buildings (beyond those that are listed). In addition, following recent consultation with the sector the group anticipates recommending changing the NPF measure for the sector to one that illustrates public engagement with the historic environment. This would use data derived annually from questions CULT3A(G) and B: ‘Participation at historic places - e.g. castle, stately home and grounds, battle or archaeological site’. Biennial question CULT7 provides information on ‘the importance of looking after historic buildings and places’ (D) and ‘views on how well such places are looked after’ (E). This information provides key insight into the way in which people value historic buildings and places. [Clarity is sought however on the status of this question, and those in the following paragraph, which appear as ‘deleted’ in the 2016 survey – it is assumed that this is because these are asked biennially and are next due to be asked in 2017.] Further questions relating to culture that are already asked biennially cover: participation in historic sites and museums and galleries when growing up (CULT 5AM, 5AH, 5BM and 5BH); and use of use of website resources relating to heritage, records and archives, museums and galleries (CULT8). Annual questions on the use of council services and level of satisfaction (RF10C-D) are also relevant to the sector since local authorities are a major player in providing advice and information on the local historic environment. In summary data provided by the SHS is used across the historic environment sector to advocate for the contribution that the historic environment makes to the Government’s strategic objectives, specifically “We value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations”. The proposed use of questions CULT3A(G) and B is especially relevant as we strive to demonstrate the benefits of a well maintained, well cared for environment to improving well-being.

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

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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
Option A would mean that measures that we are proposing for use in the NPF (CULT3A(G) and B) will be reduced to a biennial frequency. Otherwise there would be limited impact as most of the CULT questions are asked biennially already.

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
We have concerns over option B which risks eroding the statistical integrity of the data when it comes to analysing regional variation and the views of minority groups.

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?
Option A avoids concerns over sampling, and would have minimal impact since many of the culture questions are already biennial. This frequency aligns with data gathering within the historic environment sector via the Scottish Historic Environment Audit (SHEA). Our preference however is still to retain (CULT3A(G) and B) as annual since these may soon become an NPF measure.

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
It would be worth considering whether questions that have potential relevance to those on culture, or that measure analogous themes such as engagement with the natural environment, could be asked in the same year.

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?

Please select one item
i. By cutting topics completely
Ticked ii. By reducing breadth of larger topics
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.
The majority of questions under culture are already biennial, so the only way in which a reduction could be achieved would be to reduce the breadth of questions covered under this topic or to reduce the sample size. We have concerns over reducing the sample size.

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?
No comment.

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
ii. A reduction in the frequency of SHS data collection
Ticked iii. A reduction in SHS topic coverage
iv. Other – please state
Please explain why.
For the historic environment sector there is no other such survey offering data derived from a robust sample of householders on cultural engagement and on how the public values historic sites and places. A reduction in SHS topic coverage would require each sector to review questions to ensure that maximum insight is derived from each question.

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.
A reduction in sample size would impact on the sector’s ability to report on regional variations and the views of minority groups. Any further reduction in the frequency of data collection would need to take into account how the data is used to inform and influence strategic policies and associated reporting. Frequency would need to be considered in light of potential volatility in trends over time and this may vary according to the topic. In terms of the historic environment sector, a reduction in the frequency would potentially impact on the ability to report data to the NPF. It would also mean that data could not be provided to the SHEA (Scottish Historic Environment Audit) which is reported biennially.

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

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)
Ticked Third sector (Voluntary and charity)
Private sector
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 Environment
Income and wealth
Ticked Culture
Young People
Other – please state