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Scottish Government Centre for Housing Market Analysis STAKEHOLDER

    Scottish Government

    Centre for Housing Market Analysis





    (29 January 2009)



1.1 This report provides summary details of, and feedback from, a statistics training event

    undertaken by Scottish Government (SG) Centre for Housing Market Analysis (CHMA).

1.2 The report sets out the rationale for undertaking the training and provides details of the

    training content, stakeholders who attended, where the training was conducted and who conducted

    the training. It then goes on to provide summary details of the feedback that was provided by

    those stakeholders who participated. The statistics training itself was entitled ‘An Introduction to

    Key Statistics for Housing Need and Demand Assessment’.

     1.3 Similar reports to this will be produced for future training events undertaken by the CHMA.

     These will be made available on the ‘training’ section of the CHMA website


2.1 The CHMA was formed in summer 2008 and is part of the SG’s Communities Analytical Services

    Division (CASD). The Centre was established following Ministerial proposals in Firm Foundations and the

    positive response this received in terms of setting up the Centre. The key remit of the CHMA is to provide

    national, central support to local authorities, and other key stakeholders, to aid the strategic planning of

    housing in Scotland.

2.2 To deliver this, the Centre is running an ongoing training programme to be conducted with its

    stakeholders. There is a particular focus on training stakeholders who are based outwith the SG. Part of the

    training programme is dedicated to statistical/ analytical training. This is required in order to help Scottish

    planning authorities formulate Housing Need and Demand Assessments (HNDAs) using robust evidence,

    and in particular, to encourage maximum use of existing Scottish Official Statistics. In essence, HNDAs

    are the evidence by which planning authorities will make future decisions about how many houses to build

    in Scotland and where to build them.

2.3 The need for specific statistics/ analytical training is also necessitated by the fact that planning

    authorities may have differing levels of ‘in-house’ analytical expertise and capacity which they can draw upon. Some authorities have dedicated statisticians/ analysts, whilst others do not. So the Centre is

    committed to providing this kind of support where it can. The relationship between the Centre and its

    stakeholders is intended to be about non-prescriptive, partnership working and to be in the spirit of the new

    Concordat between SG and local authorities. In this respect, the Centre is dedicated to conducting training

    regionally where ever possible but may be required to host it centrally in Edinburgh from time to time

    where external trainers are required to help deliver training.


3.1 This statistics training event was entitled ‘An Introduction to Key Statistics for Housing Need and

    Demand Assessment’. The agenda is outlined at Annex A. The aim of the day was to provide stakeholders

    with an introduction to some of the key statistics that they will use to form the evidence-base for their

    HNDAs. Sessions were run by SG Analysts but also extended to data collections held outwith Scottish

    Government, by other Government bodies and the commercial sector. The training covered issues such as

    data outputs, available geographies, accessing data, data sources and methodologies, robustness and utility.

    This was also set in the context how these statistics could be useful for undertaking HNDAs. Stakeholders

    were also encouraged to contact the analysts if they require data, particularly ad hoc requests, or have

    questions about data. Full details of all the training materials can be viewed on the Centre’s website



4.1 The following people delivered training;

    Name Title Training Provided Charles Brown Assistant Statistician Overview of the day and questions & Andy Park Senior Economist answers

    John Rae Director of CACI CACI Paycheck: The Model & Using the Simon Power Management Consultant Data

    Charles Keegan Head of Business

     Development: Register of

     Scotland (RoS) RoS House Price Data Alisa Roberston Business Development

     Manager (RoS)

    Stuart Law Project Manager Analysis RoS Data: A Case Study Jamie Muldoon Student Placement

    Andrew White Assistant Statistician GROS Population Projections Esther Roughsedge Statistician GROS Household Projections Duncan Gray Senior Statistician Homelessness & Affordability Tom Spencer Assistant Statistician Income Statistics: A Guide To Shona Rennie Assistant Statistician Equality Statistics & Classifications Jacqueline Rae Social Researcher Equlity Impact Assessment

4.2 Each local authority was invited to nominate two attendees from housing and two from

    planning. Those also invited to attend included; the National Parks Authorities, Strategic

    Development Planning Authorities, key SG policy colleagues and colleagues from SG Housing

    Investment Division. In total, 82 stakeholders attended the event. Full details of all the delegates

    who were invited can be viewed on the Centre’s website.


5.1 Stakeholders were asked to complete a Feedback Form after the event. An example Form is

    provided at Annex B. Stakeholders were asked to score each of the presentations and also to give

    open comments on the training. Scores were given on a sliding scale of 1 (the best score) to 5 (the

    worst score). Of those participants who completed a feedback form (52) and taking into account

    missing values, the average score for all presentations across all events was 2.2. This shows a

    slight improvement on the average score given at the last statistics training session (2.5) and we

    hope that this reflects the fact that we are using all feedback to tailor future training to meet

    stakeholder’s needs.

5.2 On the open questions, stakeholders were asked;

„What have been the most useful points about today?‟ In summary, stakeholders appeared to

    particularly like those sessions which not only gave a broad introduction to the data but which

    went on to explain how it could be used in practice. The sessions by external contributors were

    especially welcomed. Stakeholders were then asked;

    „What, if any topics, would you like further statistical training on?‟ In summary, stakeholders again were looking for more hands on training about how to use the dataset in practice and they

    were also seek more links to be made between the training topics and what these mean for HNDAs.


Some would also like more information about the relevant equality issues. Finally, stakeholders

    were asked;

„Are there any ways in which the overall format of the day could have been improved? In

    summary, some stakeholder would have like to have handouts of the slides at the event. Again

    some wanted less theory and more applied training. Some stakeholder commented on their level

    of comfort at the accommodation and felt this could have been improved up.

5.3 The CHMA will use this feedback to tailor future training events. In particular, we will give

    consideration to:

    ? making the training more applied and hands on

    ? bringing in external expertise where relevant

    ? making links between the training topics and what they mean for HNDA

    ? re-visiting equalities issues as they are relevant for HNDA

    ? ensure that all access requirements are fully met so that all stakeholders are fully

    comfortable with the accommodation e.g. water and seating during breaks.

    ? consider making the presentation slides available either before or at the event, on request,

    to take account of the SG’s green policies.

Scottish Government

    Centre for Housing Market Analysis

    23 February 2009





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    Thursday 29 January 2009

    10:00 to 16:00

    Victoria Quay, Conference Room 1, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

     09:30 10:00 Registration & Coffee

    10:00 10:06 Welcome, housekeeping & overview of the day Andy Park, Senior

    Economist, SG CHMA 10:06 10:10 Short introduction to this morning’s sessions Stuart Law, SG Project

     Manager 10:10 10:50 CACI Paycheck: Introducing the model & practical guide to using John Rae, Director &

    the data Simon Power, Managing

    Consultant, CACI 10:50 11:00 Questions & Answers

     11:00 11:30 Coffee

    11:30 11:50 Registers of Scotland (RoS) House price data: Collecting the data Charles Keegan, RoS

    Stuart Law & Jamie 11:50 12:10 Analysing RoS House Price Data: A case study Muldoon, SG Student

    Placement 12:10 12:20 Joint Questions & Answers

     12:20 13:00 Buffet Lunch

    13:00 13:20 GROS Population Projections: Introduction & developments Andrew White, Assistant

    Statistician, GROS 13:20 13:40 GROS Household Estimates & Projections: Introduction & Esther Roughsedge,

    developments Statistician, GROS 13:40 13:50 Joint Questions & Answers

     13:50 14:20 Coffee

    14:20 14:40 Homelessness and Affordable Housing Need Duncan Gray, Senior

    Statistician, SG 14:40 15:00 Income Statistics: A short guide to data sources & usability Tom Spencer, Assistant

     Statistician, SG 15:00 15:15 Equality Statistics & Classifications: Introduction & developments Shona Rennie,

     Assistant Statistician, SG 15:15 15:30 Equality Impact Assessments Jacqueline Rae, SG

15:30 15:45 Joint Questions & Answers

    15:45 16:00 Wrap up, close & feedback forms Andy Park



    Annex B An Introduction to Scottish Government-Collected

    Housing and Planning Statistics


    Please rate each statement below by placing an X in the relevant box on the scale

    1 = Strongly Agree; 2 = Agree; 3 = Neither Agree or Disagree; 4 = Disagree; 5 = Strongly Disagree

     CACI Paycheck I feel better informed about CACI Paycheck, Venue & Facilities both the model and using the data The venue and its House Price Data facilities (John Rae & Simon Power) I feel better informed about were appropriate and how RoS house price data the administrative is collected and analysed 1 arrangements satisfactory 1 (Charles Keegan & Stuart 1 2 Law and Jamie Muldoon) 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 Population Equality Statistics Estimates & EQIA I feel better informed 1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1 I feel better informed about GROS’s about equality statistics population estimates 5 5 and equality impact 5 (Andrew White) assessment (Shona Rennie & 4 4 4 Jacqueline Rae) 3 3 3 2 2

    1 2 1


    Income Statistics Household Estimates I feel better informed & Projections about the different I feel better informed sources of income Homelessness & Affordability about GROS’s statistics and how to use I feel better informed about household estimates & these homelessness & affordable projections (Tom Spencer) housing need (Esther Roughsedge) (Duncan Gray)

    General Comments:

    What have been the most useful points about today?

What, if any, topics would you like further statistical training on?

    Are there any ways in which the overall format of the day could have been improved?


    Thank You

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