As we recover from Covid, it is clear that to make substantive change in Scotland requires a person-centred approach to public services with collaboration needed to achieve this. This includes collaboration in service planning and delivery, and in data-based evidence.
Research Data Scotland has been set up to do just that by allowing research in the public good to be done on data around people, places or businesses whilst keeping this data very safe.
It is excellent to see the developments to the Research Data Scotland service that we're launching today. The improved information for researchers through our website and on the phone should make working through the process of getting data a bit easier, as will the sharing of new standard Information Governance documents. The new datasets available (such as the Scottish Medical Imaging data) will open new research possibilities.
These are small steps towards the ideal service for researchers. In moving forwards, we'll be engaging users at each step: thanks to those who have been helping to develop our digital application form that will reduce effort.