Nearly fewer than 1% of Scottish Carers complete survey

Again, early in the morning, Reporting Scotland’s editor has chosen to follow a story of only possible overload in only one hospital, in a wider system massively robust, with a tale of suffering among the country’s unpaid carers and using an extended, morbid, focus on one couple.

We hear:

Unpaid carers are being pushed to the limit according to a charity with the loss of vital service during the pandemic.

To make that kind of claim, you’d need a strong response to your survey.

I found the survey methods:

Carers UK carried out an online survey between 11th and 28th September 2020. A total of 5,904 carers and former carers responded to the survey. This included 5,583 current carers and 321 former carers. Compared to the carer population as a whole, respondents to this survey were more likely to be female and caring for a high number of hours every week. As not all respondents completed every question in the survey, a number of the figures given in this report, including those presented here, are based upon responses from fewer than 5,904 carers. 63% live in England, 13% live in Scotland, 10% live in Wales and 14% live in Northern Ireland.

So, 590 carers responded in Scotland but an unspecified number did not complete the questionnaire?

There are 759 000 carers in Scotland, according to Carers UK, who did the survey.

So, 0.78% of carers in Scotland took part but not all answered every question?

I know they’re a worthy group but it’s no use.

2 thoughts on “Nearly fewer than 1% of Scottish Carers complete survey”

  1. It’s good that Carers UK provides an account of the methodology – so many third sector bodies that use survey evidence in their advocacy work appear not to do so nowadays. But ….

    The implications for the significance of the quantitative findings given the stats on population size relative to the number of respondents has been exposed in the above blog. To illustrate the ‘problem’ further, the following sentence from the section quoted above is really odd (and unacceptable professionally IMHO) when reporting on survey methods.

    “As not all respondents completed every question in the survey, a number of the figures given in this report, including those presented here, are based upon responses FROM FEWER THAN 5,904 carers.” (my emphasis)

    But HOW MANY fewer answered the specific, key question/s whose responses are used in the report – just a few or many fewer? The number will be known to the authors of the report: why not give it? It just leaves one wondering!

    (More generally, ‘technical’, statistical stuff associated with the conduct and interpretation of primary research is really important to get as robust and transparent as possible if we are all to benefit from evidence-based social policy making.)

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  2. I can’t remember doing the CarerUK survey but did complete one with ‘turn2us’ just yesterday, specfic to unpaid carers. Answered every question, quite straight forward. No idea why this is even a thing. Vital support is still in place for the people who we are caring for, just in a different format, it’s better than nothing to say the least.
    The support funding is still in place via the council and ScotGov, to access that support. The charities like Autism Initiatives are still there, still providing support to people. Yes it’s more stressful right now for carers, I really feel for people who require round the clock care support services who have been unable to access that at times due to Covid19, but that is not the fault of the Scottish government. It’s a really hard time for so many carers, because their own respite is reduced, even just getting out to the shops is respite right now!
    Again, not the fault of the ScotGov.

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