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User survey guidance - 2015-16

In 2015-16 only one user experience survey is being conducted: the Adult Social Care Survey (ASCS).

2015-16 is the sixth year of the Adult Social Care Survey, which is designed to help the sector understand more about how services are affecting lives. User experience information is critical for understanding the impact of services and for enabling choice and informing service development.

Data from this survey enables councils to benchmark against their comparators and to gather information to support their local commissioning, performance and strategy. The survey supplies a number of measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.


This guidance - pdf icon Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England: Information and guidance for the 2015-16 survey year [1Mb] -sets out the actions that councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities will need to perform during 2015-16 to carry out the Adult Social Care Survey and provide data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Updated 23 Sep 2015.

Questionnaires, Letters and Other Materials

word icon Change Log document. [116kb]

zip icon ASCS 2015-16 Questionnaires [28Mb]

zip icon ASCS 2015-16 Interview scripts [11Mb]

zip icon ASCS 2015-16 Letters and Forms [12Mb]

zip icon ASCS Sample Size Calculator [1Mb]

Please note that a revised version of the data return file has been provided below.  This corrects an error on the 'Validation Tables' worksheet where the response rate checks were incorrect.

If you have not started entering data into the data return, please download and use the latest version (1.1) of this file below.

If you have already started to complete the data return (version 1.0) but wish to transfer your data to the latest version (v1.1), please ensure you select the option to paste as values and do not overwrite columns containing formulae (columns A, C and D of the Service User Data worksheet). If you do not wish to transfer your data to the new version, please note that any potential response rate errors will also be detected by the Survey Data Return Validator file which will be made available in the coming weeks.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this error. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us via the email address below.

xls icon Data Return [3Mb]


xls icon Survey Data Return Validator [778kb]

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