Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Leader of the House
The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring its decisions and actions take into account the views of people across Wales. Surveys are used to help target resources efficiently and effectively.
Before a survey is commissioned, it progresses through an approval process to assess that it is necessary, will provide robust data, and is carried out in the most cost-effective way. Options are always considered as to whether it is more cost effective to make use of existing data, to amend an existing survey or to carry out a new survey.
Since autumn 2011, we have been refining our existing survey approval processes and developing a Strategic Framework for surveys in Wales. This sets out what types of information the surveys collect, how the results are used, processes to improve survey quality, and the work being undertaken to make more use of existing data sources. The Framework was published on our website on 26 July. As well as setting out easily accessible information on how surveys are commissioned and run, the Framework will help us continue to develop and promote good survey practice, minimise the burden on survey respondents, and ensure that survey results are used as fully as possible.
I welcome the steps being taken to make the most of these valuable sources of information.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.