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Scottish House Condition Survey: data access

Published: 15 Jan 2020

Access to key microdata releases.

Published:
15 Jan 2020
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 SHCS collection 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

​Public Datasets

Public datasets available for download have been temporarily removed from the website while we apply important updates and backdate methodology improvements. 

In the interim, users can apply to receive a special dataset.

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.

Such requests are made by completing the special dataset pro-forma, which asks for the data specification needed to inform the decision on releasing the required information. 

The pro-forma should be completed and submitted to statistics.enquiries@gov.scot and either the SHCS Project Team, or the SHS Project Team. Contact details can be found on the SHCS collection page. 

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

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 SHS Follow-up Survey guidelines page which contains useful background information as to when and how you should apply for access to an SHCS Follow-up Survey. The data access webpage contains a  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.