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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey - Data Access

The simplest way to get SCJS results is to examine the reports and data tables that have already been published on our Publications page.

However, we also support users to carry out further analysis using SCJS data. Information on how to access SCJS data for further research and analysis is detailed on this page, as well as information on how to make ad-hoc requests for analysis to the SCJS team.


UK Data Service

SCJS datasets are made available for users, through the deposit of anonymised datasets to the UK Data Service website.  Anonymised copies of the SCJS Main, Victim Form and Self-completion datasets for all sweeps, together with supporting documentation are deposited with the UK Data Service to facilitate wider access to, and analysis of, the SCJS data.

In addition, the Main dataset for the 2012/13 and 2014/15 sweeps are available on the UK Data Service NESSTAR catalogue. NESSTAR is a visual data library which can be searched and browsed online; a selected range of key social and economic data can be downloaded.


Special Datasets and Follow-up Research

A request to be provided with a special dataset can be submitted where the standard anonymised datasets does not contain all the information you require.  This should allow users to undertake more detailed analyses for a specific project. 

Whenever a special dataset request is made every effort is made to give it out in a format which can be easily read into whatever package the analyst is using. In practice however, the majority of the time data is provided in SAS/SPSS format.

Researchers can also apply to use the SCJS to identify a sample for the purposes of follow-up research. This may allow more detailed probing of certain sub-groups or variables of interest, and to examine under-lying issues within the data.

Such sensitive and confidential data is safeguarded by regulating access for non-commercial purposes only, and can only be used by the Scottish Government or other research agencies acting on behalf of, or in collaboration with, the Scottish Government or associated bodies.


Ad-hoc Requests

The SCJS Project Team  proactively publishes analysis through resources such as our Main Findings and supporting Data Tables, as well as through providing access to microdata through the UK Data Service and other datasets such as those listed above – more information on some of the usage of SCJS survey data are provided at the end of the SCJS publications page, under Other Publications.

Unfortunately it is not possible to proactively produce every possible type of analyses users would look for, or to expect users to be skilled in analysing complex datasets. As such, we offer an ad-hoc request service where the SCJS Project Team will produce bespoke analysis to meet individual user needs. If you wish to submit an ad-hoc request then please contact us.

Response times for ad-hocs do vary depending on the complexity of the request and the resources available to complete, though typically we'd look to respond within ten working days.