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The National Survey for Wales is a study of people across the whole of Wales. The survey runs all year round, across the whole of Wales.

First published:
15 May 2018
Last updated:

The survey is one of the main ways in which the Welsh Government and Welsh Government sponsored bodies can find out about the views and lives of people in Wales.

The main themes of the survey are public services such as education and transport, leisure activities, and health and wellbeing.

2020 telephone survey

Since early March 2020 we have been unable to carry out the National Survey for Wales face-to-face as usual because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Yet in these challenging times we need more than ever to find out about the issues facing people across Wales.

So from April 2020, we are instead running a short telephone survey with people who have previously taken part in the National Survey.

People selected to take part will first be contacted by letter, email and text message. One of our interviewers will then phone to carry out the survey, which lasts around 20 minutes. It collects vital information for organisations like Welsh Government, local councils, and NHS Wales. To say thank you, those who take part will receive a £10 gift voucher.

We keep answers confidential and only use them for research purposes. If you have any questions about the telephone survey, please get in touch with the survey contractor, Office for National Statistics, on 0800 496 2119 or by email: surveyfeedback@ons.gov.uk

For more information about how we use the information collected, please see our privacy notice.

Information and support

The organisations below provide information, advice and support on topics covered in the survey.

Advice from the Welsh Government on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Age Cymru: support and advice for older people

Tel: 08000 223 444

C.A.L.L Helpline: Community Advice & Listening Line, Mental Health Helpline for Wales

Tel: 0800 132 737

Text ‘help’ to 81066

Citizens Advice: advice on a wide range of issues.

Tel: 0344 477 2020

Help me quit: help to quit smoking.

Tel: 0808 278 2522

Live Fear Free: support for victims of domestic abuse 24 hours a day.

Tel: 0808 80 10 800

Money Advice Service:  free, independent advice on money issues.

Tel: 0800 138 0555

Natural Resources Wales: environmental issues, including advice on flooding.

Tel: 0300 065 3000

NHS Direct Wales: health advice and information, 24 hours a day.

Tel: 0845 4647

Volunteering Wales: Register as a volunteer.

Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline DAN 24/7: Help with alcohol and drug problems, 24 hours a day.

Tel: 0808 808 2234 or text DAN to 81066

Why are we conducting this research?

This study provides an opportunity for the people of Wales to help to shape the actions we take. The information collected will be used to help develop policies and decide how services are delivered. By taking part, you will be helping us to understand the needs of people in Wales and to make sure that money is spent in the right places and in the most effective way.

This research is being carried out by the Office for National Statistics on behalf of the Welsh Government, Sport Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, and Natural Resources Wales.

The Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales.

Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales.

The Arts Council of Wales is the country’s funding and development agency for the Arts.

Natural Resources Wales purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the survey please contact the Office for National Statistics on 0800 496 2119 or by email: surveyfeedback@ons.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can contact the Welsh Government directly on 0300 060 4400 or by email at: surveys@gov.wales.

Documents

Advance letter
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Further information

Is the study confidential?

Yes, any personal information you give us will be kept confidential and in accordance with the Data Protection Act. It will not be possible to identify you from any report based on the results.

Your details will not be used for marketing purposes.

Data linking in the National Survey

Respondents to the National Survey have their anonymised survey answers linked to other data sources. Names, addresses and postcodes are not included in the linked data. The information is used for research purposes only.

Respondents are able to opt out of having their answers linked. This can be done when taking part in the survey, or afterwards by contacting Siobhan Evans, in the Welsh Government’s National Survey project team, on 0300 025 6685 or by email: surveys@gov.wales.

Data linking

Data linking is the process of bringing together person-level records from different sources.

What are the benefits of data linking?

Linking information to other records:

  • reduces demands on people to take part in surveys such as the National Survey for Wales
  • greatly reduces the cost of collecting information
  • allows different types of information to be more readily available, and so allows research to be carried out more quickly
  • allows better use to be made of already existing information

Data linking in the National Survey

The Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) for Wales is a research unit based at Swansea University. The core of HIRU’s work is linking information from a number of surveys and databases across Wales.

Respondents to the National Survey have their anonymised survey answers linked to other data sources by HIRU. Names, addresses and postcodes are not included in the linked data. The information is used for research purposes only.

Respondents are able to opt out of having their answers linked. This can be done when taking part in the survey, or afterwards by contacting Siobhan Evans, in the Welsh Government’s National Survey project team, on 0300 025 6685 or by email: surveys@gov.wales.

Documents

Data linking information showcard
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Data linking flowchart
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