• Equality Evidence Strategy – Interim Progress Report

    7th November 2019 by

    Scotland’s Equality Evidence Strategy is a four year strategy running from 2017 to 2021. The strategy details an approach to strengthening Scotland’s equality evidence base. It also lists equality evidence gaps raised during the Scottish Government’s discussions with partner organisations and academic colleagues. Since the publication of the strategy, the Scottish Government has worked to...

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  • Working Group on data about a person’s sex and gender – November 2019

    31st October 2019 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician I was asked by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People to bring forward guidance to support public bodies collect and present data on sex and gender. I have brought together experts in collecting and presenting data from across the UK, and we have now met twice. In...

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  • 2019 Health & Care Experience Survey

    16th October 2019 by

    2019 Health & Care Experience Survey goes lives 16th October The Health & Care Experience Survey is run every two years and asks people across Scotland about their experiences of:  accessing and using their GP Practice and local Out of Hours services;  experiences of care and support provided by local authorities and other organisations; and...

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  • Equality Evidence Finder – September 2019 Update

    10th October 2019 by

    The Scottish Government, its agencies and partner organisations collect, analyse and publish a wide range of equality evidence. The Equality Evidence Finder is a website summarising the key equality statistics and research for Scotland across different themes for age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and transgender. The website is updated monthly with...

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  • Working Group on Data about a Person’s Sex and Gender

    20th September 2019 by

      By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician I have been asked by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People to form a group to investigate the collection and presentation of data about sex and gender. In this post, I describe why I’m doing the work, what I’m expecting it to deliver (by when) and...

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  • Want to get access to public sector data and don’t know where to start?

    18th July 2019 by

    By Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician I regularly see where statistics and data used in the public good can improve lives. The recently award winning project linking health and homelessness data has been used to help understand gaps in health services for people who are homeless and to help an approach that is testing whether there...

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  • — our open data resource

    4th July 2019 by

    by Sarah Roberts, Swirrl Whether you want to understand a community or make decisions backed up by evidence, data helps. Open data that can be shared, combined, downloaded or used to build tools off is even better! In this post, I interview Liam Cavin, from the Scottish Government, about freely available data you can use...

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  • Scottish Government Workforce Information

    12th June 2019 by

    The latest update to the Scottish Government Workforce Information statistics have been published. This publication contains information on the numbers of workers, staff sickness rates, and the diversity of staff over the past seven years. At the end of March 2019, there were 6,402 FTE directly employed staff, an increase from last year’s figure of...

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  • Scottish Farm Business Income at six year high

    26th March 2019 by

    Incomes from commercial farms in Scotland have gone up in 2017-18, however the latest annual figures shows that agriculture is still dependent on farm subsidies. The average farm income has risen 19 per cent to £35,400, the highest level over the last six years. This upward trend from the previous year shows that the industry...

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  • Weather helps farmers with winter planting

    12th March 2019 by

    The weather in 2018 has caused mixed fortunes in agriculture. Mild weather at the end of 2018 helped increase the area of winter-planted crops and the warm summer led to more production of hay. However the weather appears to have had a mixed effect on livestock farming. Better weather at the end of 2018 led...

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