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

ScotCen Social Research are currently conducting question testing on behalf of NRS on a range of topics. The results will contribute to decisions about which questions should be included in Scotland's Census 2021. For further information, please visit the Scotland’s Census 2021 Question testing news item 

Other than that survey, 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.