Agricultural Statistics Transformation Programme Begins
29th October 2021 by Ally McAlpine
Beginning next month, my unit is stepping up work on our ‘Agricultural Statistics Transformation Programme’. I previously spoke about the last December Survey and now we are looking at our other data products. By engaging with internal staff and a wide range of stakeholders across Scotland and the UK, we will improve the data we...
An Introduction to the Equality Data Improvement Programme
30th September 2021 by roannasimspon
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...
Sex and Gender in Data
22nd September 2021 by Katie Lyne
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 of...
Making Better Use of Data for Land-Use and the Environment
13th September 2021 by Ally McAlpine
In this blog I will talk about work we are doing to make better use of data and evidence for land-use and the environment. I am also calling out to environmental and land-use analysts to get involved. Previously I wrote about improving the use of data that we hold with projects like data linkage. This...
Research Data Scotland – Information Governance Progress
12th August 2021 by Katie Lyne
Who We Are Research Data Scotland (RDS) is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scotland’s leading academic institutions and public bodies. Our aim is to improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland. We will do this by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public...
Research Data Scotland moving forward
21st July 2021 by Katie Lyne
by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician Developments are progressing at pace for the launch of the Research Data Scotland (RDS) service. Publishing the Outline Business Case for RDS is an important milestone in this work. The business case highlights the strong case for RDS and the reasoning behind why we’ve set it up. To improve the...
Farming Families Wellbeing in the 21st Century
14th July 2021 by Ally McAlpine
From farm data to families wellbeing Last month I wrote about our new Scottish Crop Map data. But we are also getting the most from the data we already have. One such project aims to link anonymised farm data to other national surveys and data sets like Scotland’s Census. This will help us look at...
Improving completeness of data on protected characteristics
23rd June 2021 by Katie Lyne
by Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician Last year, our data on ethnicity was shown not to be adequate. It was incomplete and so our understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on different parts of society wasn’t as good as it could be. To overcome this, the independent Expert Reference Group on COVID-19 and Ethnicity recommended a...
Agricultural Statistics, Data Science and a Crop Map
21st May 2021 by Ally McAlpine
As an analyst with a passion for maps and data science, I am excited about our new data science crop map of agricultural land-use. It helps to improve the accuracy of our statistics which I mentioned in my last blog post. But first let me highlight some other releases, as it has been a busy...
Could this be the last December Agricultural Survey?
23rd March 2021 by Ally McAlpine
Welcome to the first blog on Agricultural Statistics. Through this regular note we will update farmers, agents and other people interested in agricultural food production and associated supply chains on gathering statistics through surveys and other methods. The statistical teams in the Rural and Environmental Sciences and Analytical Services (RESAS) Division support many policy areas...