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The Scottish Health Survey Project Board plays a key role in the governance of the Scottish Health Survey, alongside the project manager, information asset owner (Head of Health and Social Care Analytical Services) and a wider network of users.
The board includes representatives from:
key user organisations
Health and Social Care Analysis division and the Office of the Chief Statistician
the survey contractor
The board meets twice a year and is responsible for making or agreeing strategic decisions about the survey. This includes:
discussing potential changes to the questionnaire and agreeing major changes, such as new topics for inclusion or topics to be removed
agreeing the dissemination strategy for the survey
where appropriate, agreeing any major changes to the methodology of the survey or new modes of data collection
where feasible, supporting the project manager and contractor in efforts to improve response and minimise bias in the survey
agreeing appropriate action in response to fieldwork and other contract performance issues (non-contractor members)
making decisions in relation to the procurement or extension of the survey contract (non-contractor members)
providing input into the content of publications
providing a link to users, including health boards and other local areas
The membership of the board is as follows:
Neil White (chair, Health and Social Care Analysis division)
Katherine Myant (Health and Social Care Analysis division)
Julie Landsberg (Survey Manager, Health and Social Care Analysis division)
Jamie Macfarlane (Office of the Chief Statistician)
Gregor Smith (Chief Medical Officer, Medical Advisory division)
Tom Ferris (Chief Dental Officer, Dentistry, Optometry and Audiology division)