Introduction to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

Course content:
This course provided a detailed introduction to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, a large-scale national survey of crime victimisation carried out in Scotland.  It included the background to the survey, why it is important in policy terms, and the design and methodology of the survey.  It was not an aim of the course to teach statistical techniques, although several different analytical approaches were demonstrated. 

Course objectives:

The aims of this event were to:

  • Provide an introduction to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS);
  • Highlight the opportunities the SCJS offers for conducting research on crime and justice related topics;
  • Train researchers in how to navigate and use the various SCJS datasets and its weights.

Who was this course intended for:

This course was intended for any researchers who wished to engage with the SCJS data and use it for research purposes. These materials will provide a practical introduction to the datasets and a hands on approach to exploring some of the key topics in the survey, using both individual surveys and data from repeated surveys.

Topics covered in this course include:

Manual 1

Tips on analysis using SCJS
Themes Covered in SCJS
SCJS Datasets used in this workbook
SCJS Reports
Accessing the SCJS Data
Practical tips on SPSS set-up
Examples of frequencies and cross-tabs via menu
Weighting variables
Recoding a variable via menus
Computing new variables using menus
Practical Examples Using the Respondent Dataset 2010/11
What is the estimated number of household and personal crimes that occurred in Scotland during 2010/11?
How does experience of victimisation vary by age and sex?
To what extent does the Scottish public think that crime is a problem? And are there other issues that are considered more problematic?
What attitudes do the Scottish public have towards community sentences?
How common are credit card fraud and identity theft?
Practical Examples Using the Self-completion Dataset 2010/11
Practical Examples Using the Victim Form Dataset 2010/11

Manual 2

Basic Merging: Self Completion file to Respondent file and Respondent file to Victim form file
Merging from the Self Completion file to the Respondent file
Merging from the Respondent file to the Victim Form file
Merging Data Across Years
Merging from the Victim Form to the Respondent file
Recreating Aggregate Variables from the Victim Form file that are present in the Respondent file
Excluding cases that did not occur in Scotland, were outside the reference period or were not classified as valid crimes for the SCJS estimates
Creating the incidence weights to take account of repeat victimisation
Replicating the incidence, prevalence and repeat victimisation variables

Seminar Presentations

A different view of crime: Shifting patterns in victimisation - Dr Rebecca Pillinger, Dr Paul Norris and Professor Susan McVie
Background to and policy importance of the SCJS - Neil Grant
Are fewer young people in Scotland taking drugs - Laura Robertson (edited and delivered by Dr Paul Norris)
Using the SCJS to investigate the under-use of victim support services - Dr Stephanie Fohring
Framing the question: are men and women at equal risk of stalking? - Dr Kath Murray

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