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The Scottish Household Survey is used extensively for a number of research purposes. This page provides an overview of the main uses we are aware of.

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Research Using SHS Data

Social Focus Reports

  • Men and Women in Scotland
    This report provides an overview of some of the similarities and differences between men and women living and working in Scotland today.
  • Urban Rural Scotland
    This report explores the relationship between people living in urban, rural, and remote areas of Scotland.
  • Disability
    A compendium publication exploring the characteristics and position of disabled people in Scotland.
  • Deprived Areas
    A compendium of statistics providing detailed information on the depth and concentration of poverty and disadvantage in deprived areas.
  • Scottish Social Statistics
    A broad compendium publication covering the ten key social policy areas.

Other publications

  • Healthy Attendance? The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life in Scotland
    August 2013
    Data from the Scottish Household Survey 2011 has been used to statistically explore the relationship between taking part in cultural and sporting activities, attending cultural places and key quality of life measures in Scotland. This report presents the findings of the analysis of this relationship.
  • An Examination of the Evidence on Sectarianism in Scotland
    June 2013
    This is a review of existing research and survey data on sectarianism in Scotland, which incorporates a range of outcomes by religion from the SHS.
  • Local Incomes and Poverty in Scotland
    March 2013
    This work stemmed from the attempt to enhance the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) income data by imputing values for other adult household members drawing on FRS data. Comparisons between the results of this  exercise and the existing Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) income domain, which is based on administrative benefit and tax credit data, showed significant apparent discrepancies in the geography of poverty from these two different approaches. It was clear that further investigation and explanation of the differences between these differently based measures of poverty, including geographical differences, would be needed.
  • Potential impacts of an online delivery of Universal Credit (Welfare Reform Analysis listings)
    December 2012
    Uses data from the SHS on internet take-up, devices used to access the internet, and barriers to internet use. Most of the analysis is for working-age adults or households in which at least one adult is working age.
  • Exploring Dimensions of Social Capital in Scotland
    October 2012
    The purpose of this report is to explore whether different groups in society experience different levels of social capital. Does where you live affect the strength of your social networks? Are older or younger people more likely to benefit from having strong links with other people in their community? And are people who are already socio-economically disadvantaged further disadvantaged by having lower levels of social capital and therefore fewer resources to draw upon?

  • Caring in Scotland: Analysis of Existing Data Sources on Unpaid Carers in Scotland
    July 2010
    The report outlines some of the main sources of statistical information on carers in Scotland. These include the 2001 Census and the Scottish Household Survey 2007/2008, as well as other official data. It is intended that the report will be used by both the Scottish Government and voluntary and statutory sector stakeholders working with carers in Scotland, to provide a better shared understanding of carers.
  • Volunteering in Scotland: Evidence from the Scottish Household Survey 2000
    7 January 2001
  • Scottish Transport Review articles - many of which report SHS data
  • Older People in Scotland: results from the first year of the Scottish Household Survey
    Charlotte MacDonald with Helen Storkey and Gillian Raab, Napier University
  • Older people in Scotland : results from the Scottish Household Survey 1999-2002
    Raab, G ( Napier University ) and MacDonald, C
    An analysis of the last 4 years of Scottish Household Survey (SHS) data relating to older people, describing the characteristics of older people and their households, their circumstances and factors which affect their quality of life.
  • Ryley, T. (2006) Use of non-motorised modes and life stage: evidence from Edinburgh, Journal of Transport Geography. Vol. 14, No. 5, pp. 367-375. Please obtain actual article from Journal.



SHS Method and Design

  • Census Linked Survey of non-response
    February 2005
    This report presents information on the characteristics of non-respondents to the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) using linked data from the 2001 Census and the SHS sample from April to June 2001.
  • Comparison of Income related Data between Surveys of Scottish Households
    Raab, G (Napier University) and MacDonald, C & Macintyre, C
    Provides a comparative analysis of income data in the Scottish House Conditions Survey, the Scottish Household Survey, and the Scottish sample of the Households Below Average Income data set from the Family Resources Survey