Statistics

  • Becoming Leaders in Statistics

    30th July 2022 by

    We all need to become leaders in statistics. In this blog I look at how we can make that happen, the importance of sharing ideas and how your views are shaping our future planning. Reading Time: 6 minutes ‘Statistical Leadership In the Service of Scotland’ – Official Statistics Conference How can we make more of...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

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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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  • Women in Statistics

    25th November 2021 by

    Daoud Sharif and Christina Coakley at the RSS Conference

    RESAS statisticians recently attended the Royal Statistical Society Annual Conference in Manchester. This month’s blog is written by Christina Coakley, Senior Assistant Statistician. Chrissy is now leading the analytical work to replace the June Agricultural Census. She also led the RESAS delegation at the RSS Conference. Here, she talks about her highlights from the conference...

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  • An Introduction to the Equality Data Improvement Programme

    30th September 2021 by

    I’m Roanna Simpson, an analyst in the Equality Analysis Team within the Scottish Government. Our team leads on a new Equality Data Improvement Programme (EDIP) and this is the first in a series of blogs aimed at providing an update on the progress of this work. The new EDIP is a multi-phase programme of work...

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  • Sex and Gender in Data

    22nd September 2021 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician, Scottish Government.   Today I am publishing the guidance on sex and gender in data. This is for those who collect data, covering how they should think about what data they need, and some standard approaches to collecting and publishing this data. This is an important contribution to my aim...

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