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Calculation of estimated costs of responding to statistical surveys

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Calculation of Estimated Costs of Responding to Statistical Surveys

In the Code of Practice for Official Statistics Principle 6 states that all producers of Official Statistics should: "Report annually the estimated costs (for example, on businesses, service providers, or the public) of responding to statistical surveys and strive to develop methods that will reduce the costs to individual organisations or people".

The Government Statistical Service has devised a method for estimating the cost that avoids imposing an extra burden on data providers.

The UK Statistics Authority has approved that for the 'cost' of respondent burden to be given in time rather than money for surveys of individuals and households ONLY.

There are 2 methods for calculating the responding to statistical surveys or data collection depending on who is supplying the information.

Statistical Surveys of individuals and households

The method for calculating 'cost' on private individuals and households of responding to statistical surveys is:

Cost of responding =

( in hours)

Number of responses to the survey

X

Median time taken to respond in hours

Any cost calculated is rounded to the nearest hour when reported in Crime and Justice statistical bulletins

Statistical Surveys and/or Data Collections of Organisations

The method for calculating 'cost' on businesses, local authorities, voluntary organisations, public bodies, schools, landlords and any-body else other than private individuals and households involved in a statistical survey or a data collection:

Cost of responding =

(in pounds)

Number of responses

X

Median time taken to respond
(in hours)

X

Hourly rate of typical respondent

+

Any additional costs experienced by data providers

Any cost calculated is rounded to the nearest £100 when reported in Crime and Justice Statistic bulletins.

If you have an enquiry on this guidance, please contact: justicestatistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk