Our primary focus in the current consultation is to gain feedback on the draft set of subject terms and definitions. These may be found in an online tool. This permits the adding of comments, which is our preferred channel for feedback since it gives an opportunity for both contrasting and confirming views to be effectively surfaced and consensus developed. A guidance document is available to explain the HECoS approach, both the structural aspects and criteria for term selection.
- Guide to Using HECoS (pdf)
- HECoS online
- PDF version of the full set of subject terms in HECoS (note that the online version is definitive)
Stakeholders wishing to respond in ways other than the on-line tool should consult the How to Participate page.
You may wish to offer suggestions in relation to:
- Subject definitions or other textual elements within a record.
- Inclusion of new subject of study terms. Before suggesting a new term, please review our acceptance criteria given in the Guide to Using HECoS.
- Removal of an existing subject of study term or merging it into another subject term.
- Modification of a term name, so that it more properly designates the subject of study.
- The navigation structure, bearing in mind that this structure is for navigation only and is not intended to suggest a reporting hierarchy.
- A comment from someone else, who has already commented.
In all cases, it would be most helpful if you were able to give the reasons for your suggested change.
Please note: consultation on the HECoS subject terms will take place in two phases. The first of these, which will run until 9am on April 20th 2015 will be the primary means to influence HECoS. After that deadline, we will process responses and propose a second draft scheme. The second draft will be available from May 5th. The second phase will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to see how we have responded to what may be divergent views, and to respond accordingly. The consultation period will end on May 29th 2015.
A detailed account of the process used to translate from the requirements gathered in Stage 1 of the project to the design adopted is presented in project deliverable PD03, “HEDIIP NSCS Structure and Candidate Scheme” (available from the HEDIIP web site). This documents the rationale for HECoS design decisions and describes a proposed approach to dealing with the addition of new terms and deprecating terms. We would particularly like to receive comment on the criteria and process:
- The management of changes to HECoS over time requires balancing agility and stability. While the maintenance system needs to be agile in incorporating new terms, it also needs to provide stability for ease of coding and time series analysis. We’ve outlined a new term request process on our Change Management page and would welcome your views on any aspect of this process.
- The criteria for inclusion of new terms into HECoS are outlined in the Guide to Using HECoS (above) and in PD03. Are any new criteria needed or do the current ones need adjusting?
- We are also interested to establish criteria for removal of HECoS terms from the coding list, or for combining terms, should they be of unnecessary specificity. Currently we propose to use the same criteria as for inclusion for this. What additional or new criteria should we adopt for this purpose?
Responses to these questions may be added to this page. This is our preferred option since it allows for disputation.
Please see the How to Participate page for orientation towards the consultation process.