Changes to the survey in 2016/17 and future reporting
In recent years the SCJS interviewed 12,000 adults every two years. In 2016/17 we started to interview 6,000 adults each year. 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 have an impact on the data that we collect. We have worked with users to consider how we report SCJS findings in future to best to make use of the flexibility offered by the now annual survey to meet user needs. This exercise has helped ensure that our reporting is prioritised in the right areas to derive maximum public value from the survey, yet maintains the quality and trustworthiness of the statistics.
Office for Statistics Regulation Assessment - report and action plan
In July 2017, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) published a report on their assessment of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey's compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.The report concludes that the existing National Statistics status of the SCJS statistics may continue subject to Scottish Government demonstrating to OSR that it has enhanced the value, quality and trustworthiness of the SCJS statistics by addressing the requirements set out in the assessment report. Following actions taken by the SCJS team, in March 2018 OSR have confirmed that the SCJS will continue to be designated a National Statistics product.