Statistics

  • Message from the Interim Chief Statistician – Ally McAlpine

    19th April 2022 by

    Supporting our statistics in policy making It will be an honour and a privilege to lead Scotland’s community of talented statisticians. We face many challenges in Government and our statistics plays a vital role in contributing to the response taken. I want to lead our group to get the best value from our statistics. Through...

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  • Future of COVID-19 Data Reporting

    5th April 2022 by

    Following the publication of Scotland’s Strategic Framework update in February 2022 we are now planning to move to a single main source of headline COVID-19 data. All headline COVID-19 data can now be sourced from Public Health Scotland’s (PHS) COVID-19 Daily Dashboard. The Scottish Government (SG) will no longer provide updates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland...

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  • Office of the Chief Statistician email service- ScotStat

    17th March 2022 by

    The Office of the Chief Statistician has now moved its ScotStat email notification service to a new platform. To stay up to date with the latest Scottish Government statistics make sure to sign-up to the new ScotStat. Official statistics provide the most accurate and up-to-date picture of our society. ScotStat is one of the best...

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  • Using intersectionality in policymaking and analysis

    16th March 2022 by

    Last week the Equality Analysis Team published our evidence synthesis on the concept of intersectionality, along with an accompanying summary. This is an output from our Equality Data Improvement Programme (EDIP). Intersectionality is a rich concept that has been used to articulate and analyse the lived reality of those who experience multiple inequalities, particularly within...

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  • Collecting and publishing equality data

    11th March 2022 by

    I’m Dan Craig, an assistant statistician in the Equality Analysis Team within the Scottish Government. In this blog, I talk about a key project within our Equality Data Improvement Programme (EDIP) – updating our guidance for the collection of equality data. The EDIP a multi-phase programme of work that aims to strengthen Scotland’s equality evidence...

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  • Improving the Speed and Accuracy of Agricultural Statistics

    16th February 2022 by

    Sunrise over a field of vegetable crops demonstrating the dawn of new coding and improving the speed and accuracy of agricultural statistics

    This month, the team are looking at improving the speed and accuracy of our agricultural statistics. They focussed on the computer code and the time taken from receiving data to producing statistics. And, we are learning from gaming and software development. In simple terms, it is a way of coding that removes errors. It also...

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  • Analytical exchange programme 2022

    31st January 2022 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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  • Scottish Government Assistant Statistician Recruitment

    25th January 2022 by

    Scottish Government recently launched a recruitment campaign for assistant statisticians at B1, B2 and B3 grades.  We are recruiting for a variety of roles across the stats group across all grades.  We have statisticians working in all parts of Government, from economy to education, from the Census to climate change, from housing to health.  The...

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  • Sign up to the new ScotStat

    17th January 2022 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician, Scottish Government. Keeping users of our statistics informed of the latest developments such as new publications, events or consultations is a crucial task for our statisticians. One of the key ways we do this is through ScotStat, our email notification system. I’m pleased to announce then that we are investing...

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  • Changes to COVID-19 case reporting

    13th January 2022 by

    From today, 13 January 2022, in addition to reporting the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 through a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, we will also begin reporting a combined figure for the number of people who have recorded a first positive PCR or an LFD (lateral flow device) test. This change in reporting...

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