NEWS - New opportunity to join ADR Scotland’s Public Panel

ADR Scotland is seeking to recruit approximately 6 people to join and expand its existing Public Panel. Since the pandemic, this is now a predominantly virtual panel and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from people across Scotland. 

Are you interested in how data can be used to improve lives, services and public policy? Or how Scotland can make the most of the data we already have and discover new things about society, such as the impact of Covid-19 on certain groups?

We are keen to hear from anyone interested in shaping how data of this kind (called administrative data) can be used for the good of everyone in Scotland. Administrative data is information generated through the day-to-day work of public services such as the NHS, government departments and local authorities and can be analysed to reveal trends and insights about society as a whole. When used in the right way, these insights can support more effective decision making for policy and practice and help understanding of key social issues.

What does the public panel do?

A key part of our mission is to ensure that data is used effectively and responsibly and that we engage with the public about our plans and research. Activities of the public panel include:

  • Discussing proposals for research in a range of areas including health and social care, crime and justice, children’s outcomes and Covid-19 response and recovery
  • Sharing views and exploring issues and ethics around future strategy and direction of the use of administrative data
  • Helping us to communicate our work effectively and accessibly
  • Advising on our public engagement and how the broader public can be engaged in issues relating to our work.
How to apply

Appointed members will bring diverse backgrounds, life experience, understanding and skills to ADR Scotland. Panel members are offered a payment for each session, please see the role description for further details about this and the commitment required.

To apply, please complete our online application form which includes a short statement about why you would be interested in becoming a member of the panel OR complete the attached form and email it back to us. Please contact us at if you have any queries or access requirements.

We are particularly interested in welcoming applicants from beyond the central belt and those who are passionate about, have lived experience, or work in areas related to our research themes.

Please note, the deadline for applications was Friday 20 August 2021 and has now closed.

This article was published on 15 Jul 2021

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