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 recently taken forward work 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 was crucial for ensuring 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.
We recently consulted with users to help to ensure our future reporting plans best meet your needs and have published a summary of feedback gathered.
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. The action plan and a progress update can be found here.