Introduction to the Scottish Household Survey

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This one-day event on the Scottish Household Survey was divided into two sessions. The morning session was a seminar introducing the survey and the afternoon session was a practical data workshop for those who would like to use the data themselves.

The Scottish Household Survey and Scottish House Conditions Survey were introduced in 1999 to provide information about the characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of Scottish households and individuals on a range of issues, such as social justice, transport and housing.  Now combined into one survey, the Scottish Household Survey provides information on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of households and individuals at national and sub-national level.  The survey allows relationships between social variables within households to be explored, which supports cross-disciplinary analysis of topics such as social justice and welfare-to-work.  This event aims to raise awareness and knowledge about the Scottish Household Survey (SHS).

This half-day seminar provided an introduction to the SHS, including a detailed introduction on the background to the survey, why it is important in policy terms, and the design and methodology of the survey.

Topics covered in this course include:

Data Management in SPSS and Introduction to the SHS
Practical tips on SPSS set-up
To change the order of variable names in dialog boxes
Frequency tables and crosstabs via menu
Producing frequencies
Tips on analysis using SHS
Accessing SHS for your own analysis
Weighting Variables and Producing Frequency Tables
Weighting the dataset
Using weights in SHS
Using Crosstabs to Compare Two Variables
Significance Testing using Crosstabs
Multinomial Logistic Regression in SPSS
Preparing the variables for analysis
Analysing the data
Analysing sub-samples of the dataset
Creating the filter variable
Creating the benefits received variable
Applying the filter


The Scottish Household Survey – An Introduction - Nic Krzyzanowski, Scottish Government
Survey design, methodology and fieldwork - Chris Martin, Ipsos Mori
Understanding Volunteering in Scotland: An Analysis of Urban/Rural Differences in Participation - Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling
Stretching the design: deriving sub-local authority estimates - Steven Hope, Ipsos Mori
Small Area Statistics - Steven Hope, Ipsos Mori
Using the SHS to estimate and map the market for mid-market renting - Mandy Littlewood, Freelance Researcher 

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