SIMD Review - April newsletter

SIMD Review - Newsletter April 2014

SIMD Review - January newsletter

SIMD Review - Newsletter January 2014

SIMD Review workshop materials

Three SIMD user workshops were held in December 2013 and January 2014.

The following materials were used in all three locations, Glasgow, Stirling, and Dundee.


Workshop materials


SIMD Review

SIMD Review - User Workshops - December 2013 and January 2014

The Scottish Government is carrying out a review of SIMD (the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) ahead of the publication of SIMD 2015.

As part of the review, we are seeking the views of SIMD users on 'What's Working?' and 'The Future.'

If you have used SIMD data and would like to help make it more relevant to you or your organisation in the future, please come along to one of the SIMD user workshops:

* Glasgow - 16th December 2013
* Stirling - 8th January 2014
* Dundee - 9th January 2014

There will also be a teleconference alternative in January 2014 (date to be announced).

At these events we will examine how we measure deprivation in terms of employment, income, heath, education, access to services, crime, and housing. Issues of urban and rural deprivation will also be explored.

For more details contact Alastair McAlpine (, 07580 668 305) or Cath Dickie (

SIMD Annual Update

We had initially anticipated publishing annual updates to the SIMD 2012 Income and Employment domains, where SIMD 2012+1 would have been due in autumn/winter 2013. However, this has turned out not to be possible, mainly due to delays in receiving the relevant data from our data suppliers.

We have therefore cancelled the publication of SIMD 2012+1.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

SIMD 2012 was published on 18 December 2012

SIMDTo access the latest SIMD 2012 Publication please visit the SIMD 2012 Publication Web Portal.

A podcast explains how to use this.

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way. It allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation.

The SIMD ranks small areas (called datazones) from most deprived (ranked 1) to least deprived (ranked 6,505). People using the SIMD will often focus on the datazones below a certain rank, for example, the 5%, 10%, 15% or 20% most deprived datazones in Scotland.

SIMD tailored training events

The SIMD team can offer training events to help users understand SIMD 2012 and how to use SIMD to its full potential.

  • This training is available for large or small organisations anywhere in Scotland.
  • It can be tailored for novice as well as more advanced users of SIMD.

If you are interested in arranging training for your organisation, please contact the SIMD team to discuss:

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Important News

The SIMD 2012 is now available - published on 18 December 2012. This provides an update to the previous SIMD published in 2009. A new web portal hosts the content of the SIMD 2012 providing users with a single point of access to the SIMD 2012 publication and other helpful resources including links to interactive mapping to visualise the results of the SIMD 2012, tailored summaries of SIMD 2012 findings for Local Authorities, access to the data used to construct the Index, and relevant guidance papers to understand how to use the SIMD.


Check out the new SIMD podcast for a brief introduction to the SIMD, how it is constructed, and how to use the new SIMD 2012 web portal.


All the News

Measuring Deprivation Advisory Group

The Measuring Deprivation Advisory Group (MDAG) is made up of a combination of data suppliers and users of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The group provides advice on issues such as the needs of users; development priorities; methodological options; quality of outputs; and dissemination and guidance on the use of outputs. The ScotStat section of our website provides meeting papers and more information on the group's remit.

How to use SIMD

SIMD 2006 - Interactive MappingThe SIMD provides a wealth of information to help improve the understanding about the outcomes and circumstances of people living in the most deprived areas in Scotland.

The key pages to help you are:

  • Guidance and Analysis Guidance and analysis papers giving examples of how the SIMD can be used.
  • Background Data and Tools The data used to construct the SIMD domains and overall SIMD, including: ranks and scores for each domain along with relevant population denominators.
  • Interactive Mapping An interactive mapping tool which can be used to identify Scotland's most deprived areas and their location within each local authority area;
  • Background and Methodology Information on the background, methodology and development of the SIMD;
  • Interactive guidance This powerpoint slideshow uses screenshots and animation to show you how to find the rank of the datazone containing a postcode of interest;
  • Publications A general report with summary analysis is published on the website, while comprehensive information on the domains, indicators and methodology used in the SIMD can be found in the technical report;
  • FAQs Frequently Asked Questions explaining how to make best use of the SIMD.
  • Presentations Details of previous presentations and how to go about arranging a presentation.

You can also use the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics website to carry out more detailed analysis of the SIMD through comparison of the results with a range of socio-economic indicators.