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National Records Scotland are looking to interview people with health conditions for Census 2021

Type: News Item Date Published: 22nd August 2017

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is responsible for carrying out the 10-yearly census of population and housing in Scotland. It’s vital for the planning and funding of services in your community. They are preparing for the next census in 2021.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is responsible for carrying out the 10-yearly census of population and housing in Scotland. It’s vital for the planning and funding of services in your community. They are preparing for the next census in 2021.

The Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) is an independent research institute. They have been asked to test some questions, on behalf of NRS, that may be included in the next census.

Who are we looking for?

NRS are looking for respondents with a range of health conditions to take part in face-to-face interviews. If you yourself have a health condition that has lasted for more than 12 months (or live with someone who does) we are interested in speaking to you. To participate, you must be the person who is responsible for completing the census in your household.

What is the study about?

The aim of the study is to try out new questions and review existing questions for Scotland’s Census 2021. NRS have commissioned the study to develop questions which are acceptable and produce reliable data.

What is involved?

Taking part would involve arranging a suitable time to come and talk to you about the questions.  In the interview you will be asked the questions which have been developed and asked for your thoughts on the questions. The interviews would last about an hour.  They will be recorded, with consent.

Respondents who take part in a face-to-face interview will receive £20 as a token of our appreciation for participating in the research.

When & where will the interviews take place?

The interviews will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Interviews will be taking place from the 19th of August until the 9th of September. 

Will the interview be confidential?

Yes, completely. The answers you give are protected by law. NRS won't share your answers with anyone outside ScotCen or NRS. No one outside the ScotCen research team will have access to the recorded interviews, or the names or addresses of those taking part in the study.  All the responses will be combined to provide information which will help NRS make decisions on the questions in the 2021 Census. No names or any other information that may identify the people who take part will be included in the report.

Interested in finding out more?

If you are interested in finding out more about this research & what is involved, please contact Eilidh on 0131 240 0224 or Diana on 0131 240 0222. Alternatively, you can email us at scotlandscensus@scotcen.org.uk                                                           

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