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This page outlines news and announcements about the Scottish Household Survey, including updates to the SHS website. All old announcements are available through our News Archive page.

 

If you want to keep up-to-date with SHS news and developments, register your interest in 'Population and Household Surveys' through the ScotStat Register.

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September 2017 

Scottish Household Survey  Scotland's People Annual Report 2016

The SHS 2016 Annual Report was published on Tuesday 26 September 2017.  The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. 

Scottish Household Survey Key Findings 2016 (Summary Report)

This is a summary of the Scottish Household Survey.    The survey provides robust evidence on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of private households and individuals as well as evidence on the
physical condition of Scotland’s homes.  The current scale of the SHS enables all users to obtain a robust deeper understanding of issues and performance, by being able to analyse across key demographic household
characteristics such as deprivation, age, income, gender, rurality, ethnicity and other equalities. This is crucial to informing the Fairer Scotland agenda.

January 2017

Scottish Survey Core Questions and Scottish Household Survey question review

The questions in the Scottish Household Survey, which also contains the Scottish House Condition Survey social interview questions, are now being reviewed.  Additionally, there are 20 core questions included in every Scottish Government Social Survey, known as the Scottish Survey Core Questions (SSCQ).  These questions are also being reviewed.  Instructions on how to participate in the review are contained here.  If you have any views you’d like to contribute to the review action is required.  Please do ask the Scottish Household Survey  team  - SHS@gov.scot – if you have any questions.

 

November 2016 

Local Authority Tables: 2015

Results at a national level were published in September 2016 in the National Statistics publication Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2015 Scottish Household Survey.

The SHS 2015 LA Tables present comparative analyses to those in the main annual report for each local authority, where appropriate. Results are presented in the format of tables and charts, without narrative, showing the results separately for each local authority alongside comparisons against the national average. These are available either through an interactive Excel workbook or as standalone PDF documents for each local authority.

The Excel workbook provides an opportunity for users to compare results for two local authorities at the same time and the ability to compare against previous years has been added to further enhance this resource.

September 2016

SHS 2015 Annual Report

The SHS 2015 Annual Report was published on Tuesday 27th September 2016.  The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. 

The release of the SHS 2015 Annual Report announces the availability of SHS 2015 data to allow for ad-hoc requests for analyses and other secondary uses.  If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

August 2016

The Scottish Government published the analysis of the SHS consultation findings, alongside the Scottish Government’s response to the consultation, on Friday 19th August.

March 2016

As part of Scotland’s Spending Plans and Budget for 2016/17, the Scottish Government requires to make savings on SHS 2017. Savings of the level sought cannot be achieved without significant changes to the design of the SHS.

The Scottish Government is seeking local authorities (LAs) and other users’ views on two alternative options for how the savings can be achieved:

Option A          Biennial topics, i.e. halving the number of topics covered by the survey each year and collecting data on each topic every second year, with a small reduction in sample size (from 10700 to 10100). Maintains full topic coverage, albeit every two years.

Option B          Reduction of the overall survey sample size by around a third, from 10700 to 7450, with a small reduction in topics covered by the survey.

The consultation can be accessed at and responded to via this link https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/scottish-household-survey/consultation-on-2017-survey. Alternatively responses to the questions in Annex B and the Respondent Information Form in Annex D should be returned by email to shs@gov.scot . The closing date is Tuesday 19th April 2016.

Respondents to the consultation may also like to look at the short paper on SHS 2017 Options A and B -  sample sizes and confidence intervals for national and local authority level estimates.

If you have any questions about the consultation, please get in touch with the SHS team at shs@gov.scot or on 0131 244 1685.

 

October 2015

Local Authority Tables: 2014

Results at a national level were published in August 2015 in the National Statistics publication Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2014 Scottish Household Survey.

The SHS 2014 LA Tables present comparative analyses to those in the main annual report for each local authority, where appropriate. Results are presented in the format of tables and charts, without narrative, showing the results separately for each local authority alongside comparisons against the national average. These are available either through an interactive Excel workbook or as standalone PDF documents for each local authority.

The Excel workbook provides an opportunity for users to compare results for two local authorities at the same time and the ability to compare against previous years has been added to further enhance this resource.

 

August 2015

SHS 2014 Annual Report

The SHS 2014 Annual Report was published on Wednesday 26 August 2015.  The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. View the statstical news release here.

The release of the SHS 2014 Annual Report announces the availability of SHS 2014 data to allow for ad-hoc requests for analyses and other secondary uses.  If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

 

February 2015

Local Authority Tables: 2013

Results at a national level were published in August 2014 in the National Statistics publication Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2013 Scottish Household Survey.

The SHS 2013 LA Tables present comparative analyses to those in the main annual report for each local authority, where appropriate. Results are presented in the format of tables and charts, without narrative, showing the results separately for each local authority alongside comparisons against the national average. These are available either through an interactive Excel workbook or as standalone PDF documents for each local authority.

The Excel workbook provides an opportunity for users to compare results for two local authorities at the same time. The ability to compare against previous years may also be added in the future to further enhance this resource.

 

August 2014

SHS 2013 Annual Report

The SHS 2013 Annual Report was published on Wednesday 13 August 2013.  The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level.

The release of the SHS 2013 Annual Report announces the availability of SHS 2013 data to allow for ad-hoc requests for analyses and other secondary uses.  The SHS project team will now prioritise producing Local Authority tables and on making microdata available from the UK Data Service.  Each of these projects is expected to be completed later in 2014. If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

 

December 2013

Local Authority Tables: 2012

Results at a national level were published in August 2012 in the National Statistics publication Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2012 Scottish Household Survey.

The SHS 2012 LA Tables present comparative analyses to those in the main annual report for each local authority, where appropriate. Results are presented in the format of tables and charts, without narrative, showing the results separately for each local authority alongside comparisons against the national average. These are available either through an interactive Excel workbook or as standalone PDF documents for each local authority.

The Excel workbook provides an opportunity for users to compare results for two local authorities at the same time. The ability to compare against previous users may also be added in the future to further enhance this resource.

 

November 2013

Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary 2012

The bulletin "Scottish Household Survey: Travel Diary 2012" was published 27 November 2013.

It provides information about the journeys made by adults living in private households. The topics covered include the means of transport used by different types of people, the purposes for which people travel, the distances that they go, the times of day at which trips start, the duration of journeys, the days of the week on which people travel, and car occupancy.

September 2013

SHS 2014 Questionnaire Review

A light-touch refresh exercise is currently being undertaken across the Scottish Government to review the questionnaire content for the SHS 2014.  Under the rotating core and modular structure of the survey, this principally means the continuation of priority questions (questions asked annually) with biennial questions (asked every two years) which were dropped following completion of the SHS 2012 brought back in to scope.

This means questions on the following themes are likely to be reinstated: satisfaction with landlords; travel to school reasons for not using public transport; opportunities for young children to play in local neighbourhood; safety of childing playing in neighbourhood; noise disturbances around home; aspirations for home and tenure type; use of cars for certain tasks; travel to work or education reasons for not using public transport; car share; trips by cycling/walking; satisfaction with buses/trains; concessionary travel; planning journeys; road accidents; detailed follow-up questions on volunteering .

There are likely to be new questions around: material deprivation; additional questions on use of internet; satisfaction with roads.

There are likely to be a number of questions dropped, such as: detailed questions on culture.

If you have any thoughts on possible questionnaire amendments then please contact the SHS Project Team by 15 October 2013.

August 2013

SHS 2012 Annual Report

The SHS 2012 Annual Report was published on Wednesday 28 August 2013. The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. Please view our Annual Publications page for further information.

We will also publish a series of Web Tables and Local Authority Tables in due course which presents more detailed analysis.  In addition, we also be producing an Interactive Mapping tool, which will presents time series analysis from the survey for key measures across all local authorities in Scotland.

This is also accompanied by the release of the final SHS 2012 Questionnaire which provides detailed metadata on the questions asked within the survey including question names, pre-filtering applied to questions during interview, details of questions asked, any post-data processing issues to be aware of, the streams to which the questions were allocated (which determines any sub-sampling being applied) and any variables produced for the analysis datasets.

This release announces the release of SHS 2012 data meaning the data is now available for use in responding to ad-hoc requests or other secondary uses. The microdata will be made available through the UK Data Service website in due course. If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

June 2013

Colleagues from Justice Analytical Services (JAS) recently published a research report on An Examination of the Evidence on Sectarianism in Scotland.  This is is a review of existing research and survey data on sectarianism in Scotland, which incorporates a range of outcomes by religion from the SHS.

April 2013

Update note: Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2011-2012 Analysis

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2011 Annual Report contained a number of tables providing breakdowns by the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2009-2010. Since the report was published, the 2011-2012 classification has been released.

This update note provides comparable analysis to those tables in the SHS 2011 Annual Report using this latest classification. It can be downloaded in both Excel and PDF format. The Excel table has an additional interactive table which allows the user to select the particular table of interest.

March 2013

Local Incomes and Poverty in Scotland

New research findings have been published exploring the patterns of income distribution, poverty and deprivation across Scotland, with the aim of developing improved measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland at small area level. The project represents a first attempt to develop improved measures of local incomes and poverty in Scotland and provides users with experimental estimates of income and poverty at small area level across all of Scotland, which can be used to support national and local community planning action to tackle poverty.

Proposals for the Dissemination of Pooled Survey Data

The Office of the Chief Statistician and Performance have issued a paper designed to generate feedback from potential users and stakeholders on proposals for the dissemination of pooled data from a core of questions included in all Scottish Government surveys – which includes data from the SHS. In order to fully realise the benefits of the pooled survey data, it is important that views of users and stakeholders are incorporated into dissemination plans.

February 2013

Bus and Coach Statistics 2011-12

Transport Scotland released the Bus and Coach Statistics 2011-12 on 28 February 2013.  The report brings together a range of bus and coach data to provide a more comprehensive and complete understanding of travel trends and behaviours across these modes, and includes data from the SHS.

December 2012

Potential impacts of an online delivery of Universal Credit

The report "Potential impacts of an online delivery of Universal Credit" was recently published under Welfare Reform Analysis.  This paper examines what the research evidence says about digital participation and the potential impacts of an online delivery of Universal Credit.  It usses data from the SHS on internet take-up, devices used to access the internet, and barriers to internet use. Most of the analysis is for working-age adults or households in which at least one adult is working age.

Further examples of such reports using SHS data can be found in the Other Reports page.

November 2012

SHS Travel Diary Results 2011

The bulletin "Scottish Household Survey Travel Diary Results 2011" was published on Wednesday 21 November 2012.  It provides information about the journeys made by adults living in private households.  The topics covered include the means of transport used by different types of people, the purposes for which people travel, the distances that they go, the times of day at which trips start, the duration of journeys, the days of the week on which people travel, and car occupancy.

October 2012

Exploring Dimensions of Social Capital in Scotland

The report "Exploring Dimensions of Social Capital in Scotland" was recently published using data from both the Scottish Household Survey and the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey. The purpose of this report is to explore whether different groups in society experience different levels of social capital. Does where you live affect the strength of your social networks? Are older or younger people more likely to benefit from having strong links with other people in their community? And are people who are already socio-economically disadvantaged further disadvantaged by having lower levels of social capital and therefore fewer resources to draw upon?

Further examples of such reports using SHS data can be found in the Other Reports page.

September 2012

SHS 2011 Questionnaire

The SHS 2011 Questionnaire document was recently published, which provides an abbreviated version of the questionnaire script.  This notes those which questions which have changed, covering the period January 2006 to December 2011 and includes a number of changes for 2011.

August 2012

SHS 2011 Annual Report

The SHS 2011 Annual Report was published on Wednesday 29 August 2012. The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. Please view our Annual Publications page for further information.

We will be publishing a series of Web Tables in due course which presents more detailed analysis.

We have also published a in development SHS Interactive Mapping tool, which presents time series analysis from the sruvey for key measures across all local authorities in Scotland.  Please note that this only provides information up to 2009/2010 as an example of ways in which future analysis can be presented.  Any comments on the appropriateness or suggestions for improvement would be gratefully received.

This release announces the release of SHS 2011 data meaning the data is now available for use in responding to ad-hoc requests or other secondary uses. The microdata will be made available through the Economic and Social Data Service website in due course.  If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

June 2012

Local Authority Tables

A guidance document on how to view the underlying data within the SHS Local Authority Tables has recently been published.  This allows users to, for example, view estimates across all local authorities in a single table - rather than one by one which is how the SHS LA Tables have been designed to be presented.

February 2012

Bus and Coach Statistics 2010-11

Transport Scotland released the Bus and Coach Statistics 2010-11 report on 29 February 2012.  The report bring together a range of bus and coach data to provide a more comprehensive and complete understanding of travel trends and behaviours across these modes, and includes data from the SHS.

2011 Quarter 3 Data Release

This release announces the availability of SHS data up to and including 2011 Quarter 3. This release covers 3,845 household interviews and 3,471 random adult interviews from the third quarter of 2011.  There will be no quarterly releases in the future.

SHS 2012

The new Scottish Household Survey commenced in the field in January 2012 following an extensive period of survey development.  The survey combines the previous SHS with most of the data requirements from the Scottish House Condition Survey.  Further information on the development of the new survey will be published on the SHS website due course, though if you have any queries in the meantime then please contact the SHS Project Team.

November 2011

2011 Quarter 2 Data Release

This release announces the availability of SHS data up to and including 2011 Quarter 2. This release covers 4,259 household interviews and 3,801 random adult interviews from the second quarter of 2011.

Please see the SHS Quarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

SHS Travel Diary Results 2009/2010

The bulletin "Scottish Household Survey Travel Diary Results 2009/10" was published 23 November 2011. It provides information about the journeys made by adults living in private households. The topics covered include the means of transport used by different types of people, the purposes for which people travel, the distances that they go, the times of day at which trips start, the duration of journeys, the days of the week on which people travel, and car occupancy.

October 2011

SHS 2009/2010 Local Authority Tables

Results at a national level were published in August 2011 in the National Statistics publication Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2009/2010 Scottish Household Survey. These were in turn supported by a series of Web Tables which provided more in-depth analysis at a national level, along with some analysis at a sub-national level.

The SHS 2009/2010 LA Tables present comparative analyses to those in the main annual report for each local authority, where appropriate. Results are presented in the format of tables and charts, without narrative, showing the results separately for each local authority alongside comparisons against the national average. These are available either through an interactive Excel workbook or as standalone PDF documents for each local authority.

The Excel workbook provides an opportunity for users to compare results for two local authorities at the same time. The ability to compare against previous users may also be added in the future to further enhance this resource.

September 2011

SHS Transport: Local Area Analysis

Transport Scotland have published updated local area transport tables via the Transport and Travel Statistics website. These tables use SHS 2009/2010 data and are presented alongside the 2007/2008 local area tables published last year.

These web tables present information similar to previous Transport Across Scotland bulletins. The tables are available in excel and in an easy-to-print pdf format.

Any enquiries on this release should be directed to the Transport and Travel Statistics team.

August 2011

Transport and Travel in Scotland 2010

Transport Scotland published the Transport and Travel in Scotland 2010 publication on 31 August 2011. This is a new publication which replaces both the Main Transport Trends and Household Transport publciations.

The bulletin summarises a broad range of transport statistics including road vehicles, traffic, casualties, bus and rail passengers, road and rail freight, air and water transport and personal travel as well as providing some comparisons with GB figures. Further breakdowns of Scottish Household Survey transport data including households' access to cars and bikes, frequency of driving, modes of travel to work and school, use and opinions of public transport and access to services are also presented.

SHS 2009/2010 Annual Report

The SHS 2009/2010 Annual Report was published on Wednesday 17 August 2011. The report provides an introduction to the survey and presents and interprets some of the key policy-relevant results at a national level. Please view our Annual Publications page for further information.

We will be publishing a series of Web Tables in due course which presents more detailed analysis, as well as Local Authority Tables which will replicate all of the tables and charts, where appropriate, for each local authority in Scotland.

This release announces the release of SHS 2011 Quarter 1 data meaning the data is now available for use in responding to ad-hoc requests or other secondary uses. If you have any enquiries about using SHS data then please Contact us and let us know what you require.

June 2011

Scottish Household Survey 2012-2015 Contract Award

The contract for the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2012-2015 has been awarded to Ipsos MORI.

The main contract covers survey fieldwork from January 2012 to December 2015. The contract also includes the associated preparatory work in 2011, on-going survey and questionnaire development, all fieldwork including "mopping up" of interviews in 2016 (in order to complete the 2015 sample), and the finalisation and delivery of the survey dataset and associated outputs in 2016.

The contract includes an optional 2 year extension to cover additional fieldwork in 2016 and 2017, along with the "mopping up" and finalisation of the outputs in 2018. Granting of the extension will be at the sole discretion of Scottish Ministers.

The methodology will, in very broad terms, follow the template that has been established and developed since 1999 under the existing SHS. The survey will be a large, continuous sample survey designed to provide data that is representative of the household and adult populations of Scotland. The SHS will be fully modularised, and will integrate the current Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS). In particular, the physical survey of the SHCS will be run as a follow-up component of the main survey but incorporating electronic data capture rather than the pen and paper method currently used. Ipsos MORI will work in partnership with BRE, Alembic Research and MMBL in delivering the physical survey component of the survey.

The survey design will enable headline SHS statistics to be reported annually at both national and local authority levels where appropriate, though this will be balanced by a slight reduction in the precision of SHS estimates. The survey will be based on an annual sample of approximately 11,000 households, using a fully unclustered design, with an average interview length of 60 minutes. The details of the modular structure and questionnaire have yet to be finalised, and will be developed in partnership with Ipsos MORI over the coming months.

This will include undertaking the SHS 2012 Questionnaire Consultation exercise between July and August 2011 to agree the final questions and their wording, with further consutlation exercises in the new year to identify any associated dissemination and reporting requirements.

First results from the SHS 2012 will be available from late summer in 2013. All other outputs from the existing SHS, and the SHCS, will continue to be provided in line with current reporting standards.

Further information will be made available in due course.

April 2011

SHS 2012 Survey Development - Summary report on progress

A summary report on progress was published in April 2011, providing a broad-based summary of the SHS 2012 development work, which has been underpinned by the SHS Review 2010 project which was undertaken to scope the requirements for the SHS from 2012 onwards. This includes consideration of the multi-layered consultation activities undertaken in 2010 to identify the key priorities amongst users and stakeholders and identification of how these align against wider Scottish Government analytical priorities such as the Long Term Strategy for Population Surveys in Scotland 2009-2019.

February 2011

2010 Quarter 3 Data Release

This release announces the availability of SHS data up to and including 2010 Quarter 3. This release covers 3,774 household interviews and 3,376 random adult interviews from the third quarter of 2010.

Please see the SHS Quarterly Data Release publication summary page for further information.

Scottish Household Survey 2012-2015 Invitation to Tender

The Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents for the SHS 2012-2015 have now been released via the Public Contracts Scotland website.

UK Statistics Authority Assessment of SHS Outputs

The Written Evidence for Assessment and Final Response report provided as part of the assessment undertaken by the UK Statistics Authority of SHS outputs in 2009 have now been published. This provides useful background material on some current working practices within the SHS.

January 2011

Scottish Household Survey 2012-2015 Tender Arrangements

In February 2011 the Scottish Government will be initiating an exercise to re-commission the combined Scottish Household (SHS) and Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS), alongside the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS), for the fieldwork period 2012-15.

Scottish Ministers have agreed to re-commission the surveys for a period of four years from 2012 on the condition that substantial efficiency savings can be achieved. In order to realise these efficiency savings the following actions will be taken:

  • The SHS and SHCS will be combined into a single survey

  • Reduction in annual combined sample size from 14,000 to 11,000 households

  • Reduction in survey content and frequency of data collection

  • Sampling and weighting to be done by Scottish Government statisticians

A Prior Information Notice for the tender project has been made available via the Public Contracts Scotland website:

Further information on the likely changes and proposals for implementation will be made available through the SHS website in due course.

 

Please see the News Archive page for any news articles prior to January 2011.