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Community wellbeing: key data sources

Local Outcome Indicators

The Improvement Service provide a range of support to local authorities in identifying and monitoring appropriate local indicators.

New Health and Wellbeing profiles

ScotPHO's new 2015 profiles present a range of 56 health related indicators for all Scottish local authorities and Health Boards, with much of this information also available at Intermediate Zone level.  Each profile provides a rich picture of both health determinants (e.g. education, employment, housing) and health outcomes (mortality, substance use, ill-health) at a local level.

New Economics Foundation (national accounts of wellbeing website)

The New Economics Foundation has launched a new website called 'national accounts of wellbeing' with tools, reports and resources for measuring individual, community and national wellbeing.

Scottish Community Development Centre

In 2005, the Scottish Community Development Centre was commissioned by Communities Scotland to undertake a project focused on the development of standards and associated guidance for the way in which public agencies engage with communities. Their website has more information about this and other related work.

Scottish Health Survey

The Scottish Health Survey collects data on general and neighbourhood trust through a biennial module.   Questions on trust were asked in 2009 and 2011.

Scottish Household Survey

A Scottish Government survey whose aims include informing policy on transport and social justice. This survey collects information on issues like community safety, satisfaction with neighbourhood and community involvement at a local authority level.

Scottish Statistics

The Scottish Statistics web site provides a range of relevant data - for example, caring responsibilities, perceptions of neighbourhood, views on services and voter turnout - at various geographical levels.

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey

The 2007 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSAS) included a number of questions designed to measure subjective wellbeing. An analysis of Subjective perceptions of well-being in Scotland, based on the results of this survey, was published in 2008.

The World Bank (Social Capital Measurement Tools)

The World Bank site has a number of relevant sections on social capital and community driven development, and which include pages focussed on measuring social capital. They have developed two measurement tools for assessing social capital: the Social Capital Assessment Tool (SOCAT) and the Social Capital Integrated Questionnaire (SOCAP IQ).

Page last updated: 21 December 2016

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