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 will have an impact on the data that we collect.
We have completed initial work to consider how report the findings of the survey in the future, taking into consideration the reduced sample size, user needs, prioritisation of resources and robustness of results and have recently published further information on this and held an associated consulatation and user event (on 9 August 2017). A summary of the feedback received will be published shortly.
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.
The SCJS Project Team have since developed an action plan setting out how we intend to address each of the requirements and report back to OSR over the next few months.