The success of the next census will rely on a comprehensive understanding of user needs and concerns, as well as the support and participation of the general public. To support this, we will formally consult from time to time and details will be provided below.
There are no formal consultations currently open. If you want to find out more, you can find our contact details from the Get Involved section.
Closed consultations and results
This consultation ran between 8 October 2015 and 15 January 2016 and sought views on the topics that users felt should be included in the next census. The Topic Consultation Report (published 15 August 2016) provides further information outlining our response and intended next steps.
As noted in the above report, the responses received are helping to inform our planning.
The consultation was conducted using Citizen Space and a variety of supporting documents from the consultation are available below:
- Consultation document
- Moderation policy
- Slides used at support events
- Scotland's Census 2011 - Household questionnaire
- Scotland's Census 2011 - General Report
- Consultation background note
Background and Research on Scotland's Census 2021
The decision to plan for a census in 2021 followed an extensive programme of research and consultation on the future provision of population and socio-demographic statistics in Scotland. You can find more information in the Background and Research section.