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The Scottish Household Survey (SHS), which began in 1999, is a continuous survey based on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland. It is financed by the Scottish Government. The aim of the survey is to provide representative information about the composition, characteristics and behaviours of Scottish households, both nationally and at a more local level. The survey covers a wide range of topics to allow links to be made between different policy areas, with a particular focus on information to aid policy decisions on transport and social inclusion.
From 1999 up to 2011 the survey followed a fairly consistent survey design. From 2012 onwards, the survey was substantially redesigned to include elements of the Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS) including the follow-up Physical Survey component. More details can be found in the survey documentation.
GN 33333 | Scottish Household Survey, 1999-
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The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) ran every two years between 1999 and 2008, and annually since 2012. It aims to provide representative information about the composition, characteristics and behaviours of Scottish households, both nationally and at a more local level.
The SHS is available as datasets covering a two-year period from 1990-2000 to 2007-2008 and then annual datasets from 2012 onwards.
Adults living in households in Scotland.
Yes, the SHS contains data at the individual level.
The SHS questionnaire contains questions about individuals' housing change, tenure change, neighbourhood problems, transport and use of public transport, public services, income and employment and the household questionnaire about household composition, housing and tenure, health, the vehicles available to the household, the occupation and industry of the highest income householder, household income and housing costs. There is also a travel diary and culture and sports module from the 2007-2008 survey onwards.
Variable lists and PDF user guides, including questionnaires, are freely available in the documentation section of the catalogue page for each survey. To find a survey catalogue page, follow the link from this page under DATA ACCESS or from the Discover results pages.
Yes. You should read the documentation to see which biases the weight(s) adjust for and if there are multiple weights, you should check the documentation to find out which to use for your analyses.
Using the Scottish Household Survey for teaching
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