SSCQ: A growing resource
The Scottish Surveys Core Questions (SSCQ) is an annual Official Statistics publication. SSCQ is a result of a harmonised design across the three major Scottish Government household surveys, envisaged in the Long Term Survey Strategy.
SSCQ affords the production of reliable and detailed information on the composition, characteristics and attitudes of Scottish households and adults across a number of topic areas including equality characteristics, housing, employment and perceptions of health and crime. The full details of core and harmonised questions are available here.
The 2013 results were the first published with the Official Statistics label in December 2015. A subset of data for 2012 was released in 2014 as experimental statistics; this is now superceded by the 2012 Official Statistics publication.
Statistics from the 2014 collection period were released in May 2016. The main analytical report focuses on equality group themes and provides analysis of difference between groups, sub-national areas and changes over three years. A companion report was also published, examining patterns in confidence in policing using a novel statistical technique. It is therefore published as statistics in development.
The latest annual statistics from SSCQ relate to the 2016 collection period, published in April 2018. This is the fifth consecutive year of SSCQ data.
In August 2017, Scottish Government analysts released the Multiyear SSCQ (MySSCQ) dataset, which allows for analysis of even smaller population subgroups and geographies. For more information see the section on MySSCQ.