Data for public good

Administrative data research can be used to improve policies, services and lives.

It can turn simple records into a rich source of evidence about developments across society, particularly when data from different sources are linked together. Our research can show trends over time and long-term outcomes for people and communities. 

As administrative data is about people and populations, it is critical to ensure it is kept secure and only used when doing so is in the public interest. In Scotland, there are a host of checks and balances in place to ensure that’s the case.

Read more about how we keep data safe >

Research that benefits the public

Our research aims to create data-driven insights about the Scottish population to better understand and enhance outcomes. We work with Government and charities to develop and share our research to maximise our impact. We also run our public panel to ensure what we do remains focused on what can deliver benefits for the people of Scotland and the UK.

Our teams are working on projects in a range of areas including:

  • How different types of placements affect the lives of children in care
  • If and how the lives and social circumstances of those who have served in the armed forces are different to other parts of society
  • What factors influence the kind of care people have access to and receive at the end of their lives

Read more about our research >