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.

Open consultations

There are no formal open consultations currently taking place.  However, some public acceptability research is being conducted on our behalf by Ipsos Mori between January and late February 2017. This will involve a number of households across Scotland being contacted. If you want to get in touch with us, you can find our contact details from the Get Involved section.

Closed consultations and results

Topic Consultation

This consultation ran between 8 October 2015 and 15 January 2016 and asked for views on the topics that 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:

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.