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.

Scotland’s Census 2022 question testing conducted by ScotCen Social Research – September 2019

NRS has committed to carrying out further testing around the sex question and guidance. We have asked ScotCen Social Research to conduct a survey to test questions that may be included in Scotland’s Census 2022. The aim of the survey is to see whether these questions are acceptable, easy to complete and produce reliable data.

From 18 September around 6,500 randomly selected addresses in Scotland will receive an invitation letter from ScotCen to take part in this study. Trans and non-binary people are also being recruited separately to take part in this testing. Taking part will involve completing a short online questionnaire.

All information provided will be treated in strict confidence under the Data Protection Act 2018.

If you have received an invitation letter, please follow the instructions and complete the questionnaire. This is your chance to tell us what you think.

If you have any questions about the questionnaire, you can contact the ScotCen office by email or by calling free on 0800 652 0501.

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Open consultations

There are no formal consultations currently open. 

Closed consultations and results

Topic Consultation

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.

The consultation was conducted using Citizen Space and a variety of supporting documents from the consultation are available below:

We held three public consultation events in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh in November 2015 to support the consultation. More information on these events can be found on the Events and workshops section.