How will this help improve equality evidence?
Combining different samples will produce larger sample sizes which will increase the amount of data available for the core variables at a local level. Further work on adopting these questions across other data collections, and especially at a local level, will mean that local data can be compared with national data and against other local areas.
Pooled samples will help to improve the evidence base for minority equality groups; particularly sexual orientation and religion at a national level and for many ethnic minority groups. For some equality groups, it will require more than one years’ worth of pooled data to produce more detailed results, which means that there will be more detailed information available, but less frequently. However there will be some ethnic minority groups with small population numbers where it is not likely to be possible to produce data (for example, Bangladeshi or African) even when 4 years of data are pooled at a national level. This is because the small number of people in certain ethnic minority groups living in Scotland means sample surveys are unlikely ever to contain a high number of these respondents.
At a local level, it is likely to improve data for many groups in some areas, particularly larger ones, but will not be possible to produce fully disaggregated data for all groups in all areas.
Where can I access the pooled data?
The first pooled data sample is already available and users will be kept informed of further developments via ScotStat. ScotStat is a network for users and providers of Scottish Official Statistics. More information on the network can be found at the ScotStat website.