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Scottish House Condition Survey - Data Access

Data Access

The simplest way to get results on the SHCS is to examine the publications that have already been published, which are available via the Publications and Reports page.  Providing access to the underlying microdata is of interest to users who wish to undertake their own analysis.

  • Datasets provides access to key microdata releases
  • Special Datasets offers opportunity to access more detailed microdata
  • Follow-up Surveys allows access to a sample frame for secondary studies

Datasets

Data in the public datasets are drawn from an interview with occupants and a follow-up inspection of their property by trained building surveyors.

From the resulting extensive dataset we have extracted a number of summary variables based on common requests to the SHCS analysis team. Datasets can be downloaded from the table below.

Three years of data are published together. These datasets may be combined to produce time series or to provide statistics for other consecutive three year periods.

For datasets including the Local Authority identifier, users are required to fill in a short data request form.

Where more detailed data is required, users can apply to receive a special dataset using the form below.

Revisions in 2014

Methodological changes made to the 2013 data have been applied to data from 2010-2012. We have published a revised 2010-2012 dataset including these new derivations in the list below.

SHCS Public Datasets

Downloadable documents:

Title:Scottish House Condition Survey - Data Access
Description:Data from the Scottish House Conditions Survey
File:Scottish House Conditions Survey 2003/4-2005/6 Public Data [ZIP, 1020.3 kb: 06 Mar 2014]
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File:Scottish House Conditions Survey 2007-2009 Public Data [ZIP, 1122.9 kb: 06 Mar 2014]
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File:Scottish House Conditions Survey 2010-2012 Public Data [ZIP, 1104.2 kb: 06 Mar 2014]
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File:Scottish House Conditions Survey 2010-2012 Public Data (Revised 2014) [ZIP, 1260.9 kb: 14 Jan 2015]
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File:Scottish House Conditions Survey 2011-2013 Public Data [ZIP, 1241.7 kb: 14 Jan 2015]
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Special Datasets

A request to be provided with a special dataset can be submitted where the standard anonymised datasets do not contain all the information you require.  This should allow users to undertake more detailed analyses for a specific project.

If you wish to submit a request then please refer to the SHCS Special Datasets guidelines document. This document provides useful background information as to when and how you should apply for access to an SHS special dataset. It also contains pro-forma which asks for the data specification needed to enable a decision on releasing the required information to be made. The pro-forma should be completed and submitted to the SHCS Project Team.

A list of previously approved data requests is available from the SHS Website.

Special Datasets Guidelines

Downloadable document:

Title:Scottish House Condition Survey - Data Access
Description:Data from the Scottish House Conditions Survey
File:SHCS Special Datasets - Guidelines and pro-forma [DOC, 186.9 kb: 20 Jan 2012]
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Follow-up Surveys

A follow-up survey provides opportunities to researchers to use the SHCS to identify a sample for follow-up research. This may allow more detailed probing of certain sub-groups or variables of interest, and to examine under-lying issues within the data.

If you wish to submit a request then please refer to the SHCS Follow-up Survey guidelines document. This document provides useful background information as to when and how you should apply for access to an SHCS Follow-up Survey. It also contains pro-forma which asks for the data specification needed to enable a decision on releasing the required information to be made. The pro-forma should be completed and submitted to the SHCS Project Team.

A list of recent requests for SHS follow-up survey projects is available here.

Follow-up Surveys Guidelines

Downloadable document:

Title:Scottish House Condition Survey - Data Access
Description:Data from the Scottish House Conditions Survey
File:SHCS Follow-up Surveys - Guidelines and pro-forma [DOC, 182.8 kb: 23 Apr 2012]
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