30 OCTOBER, LONDON, UK - Leading global market information provider TNS has been awarded the contract to undertake Scotland’s new Crime and Justice Survey.
The study, which will run until 2010, will see TNS interview 16,000 adults per annum across Scotland about their experiences and opinions of crime and victimisation. The data will be used by the Scottish Government to inform ongoing policy development and provide critical insight on perceptions of the criminal justice system.
TNS secured the contract following a competitive OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) tender, and will undertake the rolling study for an initial period of two and a half years, with the option to extend. Interviews will commence in April 2008, and data will be used alongside police crime data to present a robust view of changing crime levels in Scotland. This replaced the previous approach of periodic stand-alone surveys with more limited samples.
Pat MacLeod, Social Research Director at TNS’ Edinburgh office, from where the survey will be managed, explained: "Providing accurate measures of the levels of crime and victimisation in society is highly complex, particularly in relation to low incidence crimes, and the Scottish Government was aware that by running fieldwork on a continuous basis and significantly increasing the sample size from previous studies, this would greatly benefit the analysis that can be produced to inform policy. The result is the largest face-to-face study of this kind in Scotland – and the potential for never-before-held levels of insight into Scotland’s criminal justice system."