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Use and Understanding of the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification

DescriptionReport of a survey
ISBN
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 07, 2009

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Sue Granville, Shona Mulholland and Jill Staniforth, George Street Research

ISBN 978 0 7559 9075 7 (Web only publication)

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Background
Methodology
Summary of Desk Research Findings
Respondent Profile
What the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification is used for
How the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification is used
Awareness and Use of Other Geographical Classifications and Databases
Adequacy of Information and Communication about the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification
Conclusions
Suggestions for promoting the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification in the future

1 BACKGROUND
Introduction
Rural Scotland
A need for research

2 METHODOLOGY
Overall Approach
Desk Research
Sample and Distribution
Online Survey
Telephone Interviews
Approach to Reporting

3 SUMMARY OF DESK RESEARCH FINDINGS
Overview
Defining Urban and Rural Areas
Range and Type of Classification Systems
Summaries of the Urban Rural Classification Systems Used in the UK

4 RESPONDENT PROFILE
The online survey
Telephone interviews

5 WHAT IS THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT URBAN RURAL CLASSIFICATION USED FOR AND WHY?
Making a distinction between urban and rural areas
Awareness of the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification
Usage of the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification
Reasons for using the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification
Reasons for not using the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification
Topic areas for which the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification is used
Benefits of using the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification
Limitations / complications in using the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification
Frequency of use

6 HOW THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT URBAN RURAL CLASSIFICATION IS USED
Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification Breakdowns Used
Geography Selected
Dataset used
Data Sources to which the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification is applied
Attitudinal statements
Future use

7 USING OTHER GEOGRAPHIC CLASSIFICATIONS
Awareness of classifications
Usage of Classifications
Other Urban Rural Classifications
DEFRA's Classification of Local Authority Districts and Unitary Authorities in England
Randall Definition
Other Geographic Classifications / Databases
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ( SIMD)
PAF
ACORN or Mosaic
Overall usage of the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification and/or other classifications
Using the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification and other classifications
UK wide analysis involving urban and rural classifications

8 ADEQUACY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION ABOUT THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT URBAN RURAL CLASSIFICATION
Attitudes towards Information and Communication
Usage of Updates
Information Provision

9 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Messages from the research: suggestions for promoting the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification in the future

APPENDIX 1 ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE
APPENDIX 2 TOPIC GUIDE
APPENDIX 3 URBAN RURAL CLASSIFICATIONS
APPENDIX 4 LIST OF DATA SOURCES TO WHICH SG URBAN RURAL CLASSIFICATION IS APPLIED
APPENDIX 5 BIBLIOGRAPHY

The views expressed in this report are those of the researchers
and do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.