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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: data access

Published: 11 Jun 2020

Information on how to access data from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS).

Published:
11 Jun 2020
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: data access

Publications

The simplest way to get results from the SCJS is to examine the latest findings which are available via our main page.

UK Data Service

Anonymised SCJS datasets are made available to users through the UK Data Service to facilitate wider access to, and analysis of, the SCJS data.  The main survey results are also available to those registered with the UK Data Service through their NESSTAR platform.

Special datasets

Special dataset requests can be made directly to the Scottish Government where the standard anonymised datasets on the UK Data Service do not contain all the information required. This should allow users to undertake more detailed analyses for a specific project. More information on how to request special datasets can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Please note that access to such sensitive and confidential data is safeguarded by regulating access for non-commercial purposes only, and can only be used by the Scottish Government or other research agencies acting on behalf of, or with the agreement of, the Scottish Government or associated bodies.

Follow-up research

Researchers can also apply to use the SCJS to identify a sample for the purposes of 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. Such sensitive and confidential data is safeguarded by regulating access for non-commercial purposes only, and can only be used by the Scottish Government or other research agencies acting on behalf of, or in collaboration with, the Scottish Government or associated bodies.

Please get in touch with the SCJS Project Team via the contact details at the bottom of this page if this is something you wish to discuss.

Ad-hoc requests

The SCJS Project Team proactively publishes analysis through resources such as our main findings report and supporting data tables, as well as through providing access to microdata through the UK Data Service.

Unfortunately it is not possible to proactively produce every possible type of analyses users would look for, or to expect users to be skilled in analysing complex datasets. As such, we offer an ad-hoc request service where the SCJS Project Team will produce bespoke analysis to meet individual user needs. If you wish to submit an ad-hoc request then please contact us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Response times for ad-hocs do vary depending on the complexity of the request and the resources available to complete, though typically we'd look to respond within ten working days.

Follow-up surveys

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Contact

To provide any feedback on the SCJS, or to request further information, please use the following contact details:

SCJS Project Team
Area 2G North
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Email: SCJS@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 3012