Statistics

  • Research Data Scotland moving forward

    21st July 2021 by

    by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician Developments are progressing at pace for the launch of the Research Data Scotland (RDS) service. Publishing the Outline Business Case for RDS is an important milestone in this work. The business case highlights the strong case for RDS and the reasoning behind why we’ve set it up. To improve the...

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  • Farming Families Wellbeing in the 21st Century

    14th July 2021 by

    Picture of a farming family projecting families wellbeing. Mother and daughter are feeding a cow.

    From farm data to families wellbeing Last month I wrote about our new Scottish Crop Map data. But we are also getting the most from the data we already have. One such project aims to link anonymised farm data to other national surveys and data sets like Scotland’s Census. This will help us look at...

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  • Improving completeness of data on protected characteristics

    23rd June 2021 by

    by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician Last year, our data on ethnicity was shown not to be adequate.  It was incomplete and so our understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on different parts of society wasn’t as good as it could be.  To overcome this, the independent Expert Reference Group on COVID-19 and Ethnicity recommended a...

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  • Agricultural Statistics, Data Science and a Crop Map

    21st May 2021 by

    A mosaic picture of the fields produced by the data science crop map of an anonymous selected area colour coded by predicted crop type

    As an analyst with a passion for maps and data science, I am excited about our new data science crop map of agricultural land-use. It helps to improve the accuracy of our statistics which I mentioned in my last blog post. But first let me highlight some other releases, as it has been a busy...

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  • Could this be the last December Agricultural Survey?

    23rd March 2021 by

    Welcome to the first blog on Agricultural Statistics. Through this regular note we will update farmers, agents and other people interested in agricultural food production and associated supply chains on gathering statistics through surveys and other methods. The statistical teams in the Rural and Environmental Sciences and Analytical Services (RESAS) Division support many policy areas...

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  • Working Group on Sex and Gender in Data – March update

    23rd March 2021 by

      By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician Back in summer 2019 I was asked by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People to develop guidance to support public bodies collect and present data on sex and gender. The aim of the work isn’t simply guidance for its own sake, but to create the conditions...

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  • Analytical Exchange 2021

    12th February 2021 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician The Analytical Exchange programme matches analysts working in Scotland with voluntary sector organisations requesting help around data, analysis, statistics and research on very short, sharp projects. These can be anywhere between an afternoon to 10 working days. Individuals or small groups of statisticians, economists or researchers then act as analytical...

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  • Working Group on Sex and Gender in Data – December update

    10th December 2020 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician It has been a few months since my last update on the sex and gender in data working group, and that is down to the work being paused while I have been focussed on jointly leading the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Modelling and Analysis team. Through this we have been providing...

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  • Calculation of Scotland level average private sector rents – improvements to methodology

    24th November 2020 by

    We’re making changes to the way that we calculate average rents at a Scotland level within our annual Private Sector Rent Statistics publication. Previous approach In previous publications, the Scotland level average rent figures have been calculated using an unweighted average. Average rent level figures in each area were combined into an overall Scotland figure...

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  • Bespoke Data Access Requests – an update

    28th October 2020 by

    by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician Over the last few months, we have faced an extraordinary situation in relation to COVID-19 and all the challenges that has brought and we thought it was a good time to touch base regarding our data access arrangements. The current situation has progressed enough to allow a slight decreased in...

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