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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey - User Engagement

The SCJS is used in multiple ways and by multiple users across government, public services, academia and third sector. Engaging effectively with users is important in ensuring that the SCJS meets the needs of users.

This section provides details of engagement activities relating to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

2018/19 Questionnaire Review

Ahead of the 2018/19 sweep (commencing in April 2018) we have recently reviewed the SCJS questionnaire in consultation with users, to ensure the survey content remains relevant, up- to-date and meets user needs.

Following this consultation and consideration of feedback, we have agreed the questionnaire content and have recently piloted it to ensure it will work effectively in 2018/19. We have published a paper which confirms the final outcome of the questionnaire review, including details of newly developed sections, content which has been rotated out of the 2018/19 sweep and future plans, which can be found here.

SCJS Future Reporting - User Consultation

The SCJS team have been taking forward work to consider how best to make use of the flexibility offered by the now annual SCJS to meet user needs whilst also ensuring that our reporting is prioritised in the right areas to derive maximum public value from the survey, whilst maintaining the quality and trustworthiness of the statistics.

We have recently taken forward a consultation exercise with users to help us shape future reporting to best meet your needs and published a summary of feedback gathered.

Next Steps

The first set of results from the 2016/17 SCJS, using the updated reporting approach, are expected to be released in early 2018. We expect to confirm a specific date soon.

Consultation (ScotStat)

ScotStat is a network for users and providers of Scottish Official statistics. It aims to improve communication amongst those interested in particular statistics and facilitate the setting up of working groups on specific statistical issues.

How Can I Get Involved?

If you are keen to find out more about work relating to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey or any other facet of the work of the Scottish Government Statistics Group, you can register with ScotStat to receive updates. More information on ScotStat can be found on the ScotStat homepage, including a feedback form and information on the work of the ScotStat Board.

User Engagement Activties

SCJS User Group

The SCJS team have established a user group to ensure that user engagement is an on-going part of each survey cycle. Members are drawn from government, academia, the justice system and third sector. The user group is an essential way to ensure that the survey remains relevant and able to respond to changing needs. If you would like to become involved in the user group, please contact us.

SCJS User Consultations

We consulted with users to discuss the potential options for the future of the SCJS post 2014/15, and to help us understand the implications of any changes for our users. As part of this, we ran an interactive session on the 27th of April 2015 with SCJS users. The session brought together users from government, academia, the justice system and third sector. We have also received feedback from other users who were unable to attend the meeting, by email and telephone. We are grateful to all who have taken the time to offer useful feedback, comments and ideas. We have written a short report that details the feedback provided to us and outlines expected and potential approaches to address issues, available here.

A short consultation with the users and stakeholders of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey was undertaken in 2014. This was specifically focused on how we present the findings of the SCJS. This will help us make improvements to the SCJS, while ensuring that we continue to meet the needs of our users. Further details can be found here.

In 2010, a user consultation was carried out on the SCJS. The findings of this survey are available here.

Scottish Government Crime and Justice Statistics User Events

In October 2014, a Crime Statistics User Event was held, bringing together both producers and users of Scottish crime statistics. There were several presentations and a number of group discussions about the uses, potential uses, quality, comparability, accessibility and presentation of the statistics. More information on the day can be found here.

An event was held in 2012 to engage with a wide range of users of ststistics from across the crime and justice system. Two talks were given on the SCJS, covering the questionnaire review and on analysing the Partner Abuse module. More information on the user day can be found here.

Visiting Organisations

The SCJS team visit stakeholders to explain what the survey is and does, outline the latest results relevant to your area and provide further opportunities for review and comment on future work plans. For example, we have recently visited the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), Scottish Women's Aid and the Criminal Justice Disability Advisory Group. We also support students to use the SCJS for research purposes, for example criminology students at Edinburgh University. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a visit from the SCJS team.

Conferences, Seminars and Events

The SCJS team regularly present and engage with users at conferences, seminars and events to raise awareness and knowledge about the survey.

In December 2016, we presented the findings from the 2014/15 SCJS and provided an update on on-going and forthcoming work to survey users at the UK Data Service Crime Surveys User Conference.


This followed a presentation to users on recent changes made to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey at the 2015 Conference. Furthermore, we presented to users on getting the maximum value from the SCJS at the 2014 Crime Surveys User Conference.

In November 2015, we presented as part of the Social Research Association evening seminar series.

We are also involved in events as part of the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).

  • In November, 2013, AQMeN ran a one-day event offering an Introduction to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. In the morning session a range of speakers provided talks on the background to the survey, design and methodology of the survey, why it is important in policy terms and expert users outlined how they have used the data to investigate important topics for both policy and theory. In the afternoon session a practical data workshop provided a chance for participants to use the data themselves.
  • The presentations from a similar event in 2016 are available on the AQMeN website.
Website Review

The SCJS website is the primary means of communicating information about the survey. This includes our publications, as well as survey documentation, such as information on survey participation for interviewees. We regularly update the content of the website. Due to the breadth and complexity of the survey output, this is an on-going process.

Social Media

You can also follow us on Twitter @SGJusticeAnalys for SCJS updates.

Previous Questionnaire Reviews

We reviewed the questionnaire in advance of fieldwork for the SCJS 2017/18. You can access a report on the outcomes of the review here:

The following questionnaire reviews of the questions contained in the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey have been carried out:

User Review

We are always interested in hearing about how the survey is being used. It is important that we understand how the survey is currently being used to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our users.

If you are using the SCJS, we would be very grateful if you could get in touch to let us know:

  • Which SCJS publication do you use?
  • What do you currently use the SCJS for? (e.g. research, monitoring trends and/or policy research and development)
  • Why is the information in the SCJS useful?
  • How do you access the data? (e.g. through the reports, using the tables, the data archive)
  • Are there any aspects of the SCJS that you think could be improved?

We value your feedback and want to make sure that this important resource is reaching its full potential.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Further Information

The following information is provided within this web-section:

  • Planning - Planning activity relating to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

If you have any questions or feedback please contact us.