Care has been taken to ensure that the survey remains broadly consistent, and that data is comparable with previous survey results. However, the changes to the survey sample size will have an impact on the data that we collect. For some of the data, particularly experiences of rarer crimes and sub-national data, small numbers of respondents mean that that there may be a need to combine two-years of survey data to ensure that we report sufficiently precise results.
We are currently undertaking work to consider how best to report the findings of the survey, taking into consideration the reduced sample size, and structured around user needs, resources available and robustness of results. For example, we expect there will be opportunities to report on some survey findings annually (for example, from questions about public attitudes), while some reporting may continue to be released biennially (such as crime trend data). We will keep users fully informed on this as the work develops and plan to consult users shortly on proposals being developed.