Doing data right, doing data together, doing data better

A talk by Roger Halliday
Chief Statistician at the Scottish Government and Chief Executive Officer, Research Data Scotland

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Research Data Scotland (RDS), which launched in September 2021, is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scotland’s leading academic institutions and public bodies which aim to facilitate insight from data to support the public good.

Scotland has a wealth of public sector data but traditionally it has been locked away in lots of individual systems, across multiple organisations, in formats that are difficult to access or compare.

As a collaboration between the Scottish Government, public bodies, and Scotland’s leading academic institutions, RDS brings together expertise from a range of existing data-led programmes across the public sector to help make data-driven research in the public good easier with a commitment to always handle data legally, ensuring privacy is maintained and that research is carried out transparently.

The pandemic has shown us the benefits of doing data right, doing data together, and doing data better. Faster analysis and evidence gathering to support decision-making means better outcomes can be delivered more quickly to Scotland’s citizens.

By linking health and social care data with wider public sector data in areas such as housing, employment, and education, Research Data Scotland will create opportunities for us to use the data in new and different ways.

In this talk the audience will learn:

Why and how RDS was established

How RDS works in collaboration with data owners to help researchers deliver work which will have positive outcomes for society

How ethics, honesty and transparency are crucial to engaging the public’s trust

How data is accessed in a secure environment

And what the data landscape will look like in the future in public sector

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