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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey - User Engagement

The SCJS is used in multiple ways and by multiple users across government, public services, academia and third sector. Engaging effectively with users is important in ensuring that the SCJS meets the needs of users.

The pages linked below provide further information about different activities undertaken to consult and engage with a range of SCJS users:

  • Questionnaire development - provides details of on-going and previous work to ensure the survey content remains impactful and relevant for a wide-range of users, including information on how to get involved in development work.
  • SCJS future reporting ​- provides information and a summary of work undertaken in 2017 in consultation with users to consider how best to make use of the flexibility offered by the now annual SCJS to meet user needs and ensure that our reporting is prioritised in the right areas to derive maximum public value from the survey, whilst maintaining the quality and trustworthiness of the statistics.
  • Other previous user consultations ​- details consultation activities previously undertaken with users, including to help inform the design of SCJS from 2016/17 onwards (in 2015) and to understand users' views on how SCJS outputs could be improved (in 2014).
  • Dissemination activity - outlines a range dissemination activities undertaken by the SCJS Project Team in recent years, including visits to organisations and presentations at conferences. Also provides details about how to schedule a visit from the SCJS team.

Get involved and have your say


ScotStat is a network for users and providers of Scottish Official statistics. It aims to improve communication amongst those interested in particular statistics and facilitate the setting up of working groups on specific statistical issues. For example, we provide updates about on-going questionnaire development work via ScotStat.

If you are keen to find out more about work relating to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey or any other facet of the work of the Scottish Government Statistics Group, you can register with ScotStat to receive updates. More information on ScotStat can be found on the ScotStat homepage, including a feedback form and information on the work of the ScotStat Board.

SCJS User Group

The SCJS team have also established a user group to ensure that user engagement is an on-going part of the survey. Members are drawn from government, academia, the justice system and third sector. The user group is an essential way to ensure that the survey remains relevant and able to respond to changing needs. If you would like to become involved in the user group, please contact us.

The only information stored is your name, contact details (email address) and organisation where applicable – and this is only used for the purposes of keeping you updated on developments with the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and related matters. Membership of the User Group is entirely voluntary and by signing up you are consenting to receiving updates on the SCJS.

If you wish to sign-up now but opt-out later, you can ensure your details are deleted from the contact list by getting in touch at any time by emailing 

You can also receive general updates on the SCJS by subscribing to updates via ScotStat as described above. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Regularly review the SCJS website

The SCJS website is the primary means of communicating information about the survey. This includes our publications, as well as survey documentation, such as information on survey participation for interviewees. We regularly update the content of the website. Due to the breadth and complexity of the survey output, this is an on-going process.

Social Media

You can also follow us on Twitter @SGJusticeAnalys for SCJS updates.

User Review

We are always interested in hearing about how the survey is being used. It is important that we understand how the survey is currently being used to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our users.

If you are using the SCJS, we would be very grateful if you could get in touch to let us know:

  • Which SCJS publication do you use?
  • What do you currently use the SCJS for? (e.g. research, monitoring trends and/or policy research and development)
  • Why is the information in the SCJS useful?
  • How do you access the data? (e.g. through the reports, using the tables, the data archive)
  • Are there any aspects of the SCJS that you think could be improved?

We value your feedback and want to make sure that this important resource is reaching its full potential.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Further Information

The following information is provided within this web-section:

  • Planning - Planning activity relating to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

If you have any questions or feedback please contact us.