Statistics

  • New headline measure of COVID-19 test positivity rate

    19th October 2020 by

    We are changing the way we report the COVID-19 positivity rate as of 19 October 2020. The new approach addresses a limitation of the previous approach. This blog outlines why we are making this change and what its impact will be. Current approach The Scottish Government has been reporting data on the number of new...

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  • Counting people in hospital with COVID-19

    15th September 2020 by

    We are changing the way we count people in hospital with confirmed COVID-19 as of 15 September 2020. The new figures are lower than the previous published management information and we have a break in the time series. This blog explains why and how. Current situation Every day since mid-March, the Scottish Government has been...

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  • Seeking feedback on Research Data Scotland’s core principles

    25th August 2020 by

    by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician I recently participated in the Administrative Data Research (ADR) Scotland public panel to discuss the development of Research Data Scotland (RDS) and focus specifically on the principles that underpin the new service. The ADR Scotland public panel was created as a vital forum for understanding the views and perspectives of...

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  • The Scottish COVID-19 Data and Intelligence Network

    18th August 2020 by

    by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician For Scotland to continue to develop an approach to minimising the health, social and economic risks from COVID-19, we need robust and responsive evidence to make informed, real-time decisions in relation to the pandemic and to learn as we go. For this reason, we have set-up the Scottish COVID-19 Data...

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  • Planned changes to coronavirus data page on Scottish Government website

    20th July 2020 by

    Blog Updated on 28/07/2020 We have been publishing data every day since early April on the Scottish Government website. Given where Scotland is now in the pandemic, we think it’s a good time to refocus this publication. Some of the information developments in Scotland include: Public Health Scotland COVID-19 data – the weekly report published...

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  • Analysis and data around COVID-19

    4th June 2020 by

    Current analysis and data around COVID-19 Scottish Government (SG), Public Health Scotland (PHS) and National Records of Scotland (NRS) have been working together to produce a range of information to provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect it is having in Scotland. Scottish Government publish daily coronavirus data for Scotland (updated each day...

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  • Our response to COVID-19

    28th May 2020 by

    by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician I wanted to share an update on how Research Data Scotland is supporting the national response to COVID-19. RDS’s mission remains to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good....

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  • COVID-19 – Priority Bespoke Data Access Requests

    27th May 2020 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician The use of data has greatly assisted us in understanding COVID-19 and will help our response to the pandemic.  The use of data for this type of research is very important and gaining access to the appropriate data remains both legal and ethical. To ensure that we balance our legal...

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  • Sources of open data on COVID-19

    11th May 2020 by

    Scottish Government (SG), National Records of Scotland (NRS) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) are all publishing open datasets on the COVID-19 emergency for people to use and reuse.  We know that there’s lots of interest in open data on COVID-19 with people keen to use it in briefings, data journalism, documents, apps and dashboards.   It’s...

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  • RESAS: Revised Schedule of Agricultural Surveys and Outputs

    27th April 2020 by

    Rural and Environmental Science and Agricultural Services (RESAS) collect a range of statistical information on the agricultural sector which is the evidence base for the majority of our analysis on agriculture. However, in light of the current guidance from the Scottish Government and the Chief Medical Officer we have had to change our planned schedule...

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