• Working as a government statistician in the COVID-19 pandemic – Anouska Pandya

    27th October 2023 by

    by Anouska Pandya, Assistant Statistician in Health and Social Care Analysis The Scottish Government has launched an external recruitment campaign for B1 and B2 Assistant Statisticians. Applications close on 13 November 2023. An information session to find out more about the application and assessment process will be held on Monday 6 November 2023 from 12:30...

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  • One year in – Census and the Future

    3rd September 2023 by

    An aerial shot of the queensferry crossing with the forth road bridge in the background

    Keen readers of this blog will know, I took up the post as Interim Chief Statistician in April 2022. A year on, I was pleased to accept the post permanently. In this blog I will share my experiences from the past year and few months. Reading Time: 5 minutes Passion about Statistics to Improve Decision...

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  • Reproducible Analytical Pipelines: How we saved 3 analysts 6 weeks of copying and pasting

    24th July 2023 by

    This blog post is by Alice Byers, Reproducible Analytical Pipeline Developer in Scottish Government. Like most analysts, I’ve spent a lot of time copying and pasting from spreadsheets, analysing data in laborious and manual ways with lots of potential for human error. This is why RAPs – Reproducible Analytical Pipelines – grabbed my attention when...

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  • Developing the next generation of data scientists

    13th July 2023 by

    Simon Rogers

    This blog is by Simon Rogers, Senior Technical Consultant for Business Intelligence, part of Data and Security at NHS National Services Scotland. Here Simon speaks about his experience of being a mentor on the Data Science Accelerator.   Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky to have had some excellent mentors. So when I saw the call...

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  • Our Statistical System – Building Trust in Statistics

    15th May 2023 by

    Recently I have written about the importance of communicating our statistics. But how are we building trust in statistics with our audiences and meeting the wide range of needs to support analysis. I am going to cover how we approach these topics and how this helps us improve our statistical system. And, I will also...

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  • Published today: Scotland’s Equality Evidence Strategy 2023-2025

    24th March 2023 by

    Today the Scottish Government’s Equality Analysis team were pleased to publish Scotland’s Equality Evidence Strategy 2023-2025. In this blog I’d like to tell you about the strategy and how it was developed. The strategy presents a refreshed vision, and accompanying principles, for equality evidence improvement and an ambitious three-year programme of work to strengthen Scotland’s...

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  • Working as a government statistician – Maike Waldmann

    8th March 2023 by

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    This article has been produced as part of a blog series to spotlight the work of analysts and statisticians across government. In this blog, hear from Maike Waldmann about her work as part of the Poverty and Deprivation Statistics Team. The poverty and deprivation statistics team within the Scottish Government is a team of two,...

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  • Working as a government statistician – Giuliana Giuliani

    8th March 2023 by

    This article has been produced as part of a blog series to spotlight the work of analysts and statisticians across government. In this blog, hear from Giuliana Giuliani about her work on the Scottish Cancer Patient Experience survey. I am an Assistant Statistician in the Health and Social Care division. Since day one, I have...

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  • Working as a government statistician – Esther Roughsedge

    8th March 2023 by

    BBC Scotland 'Who Live in Scotland' footage

    This article has been produced as part of a blog series to spotlight the work of analysts and statisticians across government. In this first blog, hear from Esther Roughsedge about her work in National Records of Scotland on the BBC Scotland Documentary ‘Who lives in Scotland?’ I head the Population and Migration Statistics team at...

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  • January spotlight on statistical work in Scotland

    1st February 2023 by

    Reading Time: 5 minutes In my first blog as Chief Statistician, I spoke about the vital role statistics play in enriching the evidence base. I am passionate about the role statisticians can make to develop better policies for the people of Scotland. In Autumn 2022, I followed up by setting out our mission across the...

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