Stewart Hamilton

Written 130 posts

Communications and Engagement Officer

SG Payments Service – Two million pounds milestone reached

14th December 2022

Blog by Ben Mills, Service Designer, SG Payments Team, Civil Service Fast stream. It has been several months since we last posted an update, and a lot has happened. The Scottish Government Payments Service officially moved into Private Beta in June 2022 when we launched our Minimum Viable Service, working with our first early adopter…

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Exploring public sector personal data benefit sharing

7th December 2022

How can the public sector share personal data with the private sector in publicly trusted ways, to unlock the public benefit of this data? We performed a literature review to enable the Scottish Government to identify (I) relevant approaches to benefit and costs sharing and (II) intellectual property rights or royalties schemes regarding the use of public sector personal data with or by the private sector both in the UK and internationally

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A digital identity service for Scotland – the road ahead

15th November 2022

You can hear more about our progress and future plans by joining our online event on 16 November (14:00-16:00). Registration for ‘A digital identity service for Scotland’ is now open – and everyone is welcome.

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Definitions and debates on the path to unlocking the value of public sector data

14th November 2022

Seemingly simple concepts can disguise hidden complexities, and this has proven true as the Group has discussed what we might mean by ‘public sector personal data’. As a citizen and user of Scottish public services, you leave a digital footprint. When you visit a doctor, claim for a benefit, or travel on a public road, data can be collected with legitimate purpose. You leave an electronic echo of your presence.

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What does it mean to have a digital mindset?

3rd November 2022

The Scottish Government estimates that 19% of Scottish people do not know how to use digital technology. Lack of access to digital devices, infrastructure, connectivity and support can have a negative impact on someone’s life chances.

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Public engagement and the digital identity service

1st November 2022

During the development of the digital identity service, we have embraced the Scottish Approach to Service Design with people actively taking part in the definition, design and delivery of the digital identity service.

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Online engagement event: Reflections of being Webinar host

18th October 2022

Guest blog by Carol Sinclair, Strategic Data Adviser for the Scottish Government and Independent Chair of the Health and Social Care Data Board. Determining the best point in time to bring in wider views on any draft document is a bit of a lottery with it highly unlikely you will satisfy the spectrum of views…

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Online engagement event: discussing principles for enabling data’s value

14th October 2022

We hosted the ‘Unlocking Value of Public Sector Personal Data: Guiding Principles Design’ webinar on 1 September, to get feedback from the public and data practitioners on draft high-level principles for the programme. This would be the first of several opportunities for practitioners, and the wider public, to participate in a citizen-led, collaborative process.

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Unlocking the Value of Public Sector Data for Public Benefit: Blog #4

14th October 2022

The IEG met for the fifth time at the end of August, and the focus was on engagement. By this we meant engaging, not just with experts on data, industry representatives and policy makers, but also with the wider community and public. Consequently, engagement experts Democratic Society have been appointed by the Scottish Government to support the group with this important facet of our work.

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Salutogenese!

14th October 2022

No it isn’t cheese. More’s the pity. Or a welcome in any language (*as far as I am aware). It originated in the health space and relates to looking at factors that support wellbeing rather than at those which are creating the problem. Using a salutogenic approach means examining a whole range of factors – including environmental, social, emotional and intellectual – to promote good health rather than just tackling illness. In societal terms, and in Scottish Government terms, this means looking at a person centred approach. It means dealing not just with the perceived problem or the issues the problem creates, but actually making an improvement to someone’s life that can have a ripple effect to other parts for that person or for those they love.

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