Introduction to the Scottish Household Survey

University of Edinburgh, Teviot Dining Room, Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 09:00 to 12:45

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.

Presentation Name Presenter

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


Small Area Statistics

Steven Hope, Ipsos Mori

Using the SHS to estimate and map the market for mid-market renting


Mandy Littlewood, Freelance Researcher