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Integrated Household Survey Questionnaire Content Review - 2014

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Opening date: 13 September 2013
Closing date: 11 October 2013
Department: Office for National Statistics
Category: General

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) ran a consultation in between September – October 2013, regarding the questionnaire content for the 2014 Integrated Household Survey (IHS).  

The Integrated Household Survey is the UK’s largest social survey, collecting responses from around 335,000 adults in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A set of core questions (around 100 in total) are included on a set of ONS household surveys to produce more precise estimates at a lower geographic level than is possible from individual ONS social surveys. 

As part of the annual questionnaire review, ONS proposed to omit the sexual identity questions from the IHS core for 2014, and then reinstate them in 2015. It was proposed these questions would be replaced by a set of new questions to the IHS core, collecting data on military veterans due to their current policy importance. The questions on sexual identity were identified by the IHS Steering Group as a topic which could be rotated annually in the questionnaire. The reason for this is that they produce relatively stable estimates, with changes identified year on year that are not statistically significant. 

This consultation (41 Kb Pdf) closed on Friday 11 October 2013.  ONS have reviewed all responses to the consultation, and have produced the following response (62.1 Kb Pdf) outlining the outcome to the proposal. 

This response confirms that ONS will retain the sexual identity questions on the 2014 IHS questionnaire, and the proposal to rotate these questions on a biennial (every two years) basis will not take place. 

ONS would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation. 

Contact details:
IHS Survey Manager
socialsurveys@ons.gsi.gov.uk
2.201 Government Buildings
Office for National Statistics
Cardiff Road
Newport NP10 8XG 

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