To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for the review of the Food and You Survey; and if he will make a statement.
In line with recommendations of an independent evaluation of Waves 1-3, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has commissioned its Advisory Committee for Social Science to provide advice and recommendations on the future of the Food and You survey. The findings from the survey are used widely, both within the FSA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and in the academic community, but the FSA is keen to maximise value from the survey and ensure that it is still the right tool for the job.
This review has commenced, and will be completed by spring 2019 ahead of the launch of the 2020 survey (Wave 6).
The advisory committee has been asked to offer advice on the following:
- The value, pros and cons of different methodologies and on how we might discover, develop, test and pilot these to find the optimum way of meeting Food and You’s objectives in the future;
- Whether linking Food and You with other datasets might provide richer insights, or better value for money;
- Stakeholders who might be interested in the survey and its outputs; and
- How best to use and communicate the results of Food and You.