What we do

Scotland has a wealth of public sector data. This data can be used to unlock new possibilities to improve the wellbeing of people living in Scotland

To support the current public health emergency, we are bringing together expertise, resource and capabilities from a range of existing data-led programmes across the public sector.

To maintain these secure and coordinated arrangements, it is important that requests for data for COVID-19-related research come through a single point of contact.

This approach ensures transparency about who is requesting data, which datasets and for what purpose and is an important component in maintaining public trust.

A researcher support service has therefore been developed through the creation of this website to provide guidance on access to data, information governance and the rich analytical environment.

This accelerates the work that is already underway to support the development of Research Data Scotland and ADR Scotland programmes.


Research Data Scotland 

The Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver Research Data Scotland featured in the Programme for Government in September 2019 and recognised the social and economic benefits that the new service could bring. RDS is being developed as a non-for profit organisation. It will be a partnership that includes the Scottish Government, other public bodies such as PHS (eDRIS), NRS, EPCC and working in partnership with Scottish Universities. 

You can find out more about the principles that underpin RDS’s mission here.


ADR Scotland

ADR Scotland brings together the Scottish Government and the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) to enable government policies and interventions to be informed by the best evidence available by unlocking the true potential of administrative data.

ADR Scotland will help establish data holdings suitable for use by researchers, to support multiple and diverse research and policy needs without the need for additional data access requests for each individual project.

The high level thematic research areas include: world of work; poverty and fair work; resilient communities; realising our children potential; public health and social care.

This is made possible through the UK wide investment into Administrative Data Research (ADR UK) by the Economic and Social Research Council.  

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