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Scottish Government Statistics Policy



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ScotStat is a network for users and providers of Scottish Official Statistics. It aims to improve communication amongst those interested in particular statistics and facilitate the setting up of working groups on specific statistical issues.

Periodic consultations are conducted on the statistics collected by the Scottish Government. Further information can be found in the Statistics Topic areas. If you have any comments, queries or questions connected with Scottish Official Statistics please email the ScotStat Mailbox.

You can now follow us on Twitter: @ScotStat


The ScotStat Register

The register allows users and providers of Scottish Statistics to contact each other and consult on specific topics of interest. Registered users can consult on new collections, seek views on changes to existing collections and receive notification of new or forthcoming publications. Click here to access the register.


As part of our work to increase the availability and useability of data we are exploring Open Data principles and technologies. Please visit our pilot Open Data project at to see a showcase of Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation data and an Open Data tutorial using data about schools.

The pilot will run for 12 months from December 2013 during which time we warmly welcome your feedback and thoughts.

You are welcome to use the data in any way you wish and are under no obligation to inform us, but as this is a pilot we would really like to know if and how the data are being used. We're equally keen to hear from you if you have tried to use the data but been unsuccessful for any reason.

Finally, if you have any comments on this work more generally or suggestions for our developing approach to open data please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Telephone: Gregor Boyd on 0131 244 0442


ScotStat Events

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 (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 (, 07850 668 305) or Cath Dickie (


Small Area Statistics Event - Wednesday 20 February 2013

The purpose of this event was to promote small area statistics, including the recently published Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012 and the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics Improvement Project, and to promote some new developments in modelling small area income and poverty estimates. Presentation slides from the event can be accessed on the event homepage.

ScotStat Data Linkage Conference - Monday 26 March 2012

Data linkage is the joining of two or more administrative or survey datasets to greatly increase the power of analysis then possible with the data. This ScotStat conference is concerned exclusively with data linkage for research and statistical purposes and will cover a variety of topics including statistical methods for data linkage, individual referencing systems, logistics and privacy impact assessments. Registration has now closed and the conference is full.

Previous Annual Statistics Stakeholder Conferences