RDS will provide funding for the following projects:
CodeClan: Demystifying Data
Codeclan is an Edinburgh-based digital skills academy on a mission to help bridge the digital skills gap. They receive funding of £7,500 to create a free self-directed learning course on the topic of demystifying data, including videos, quizzes, discussion forums and mini-projects.
Grampian Regional Equality Council: How Fair is North-East Scotland?
Working with minority ethnic community groups in Aberdeen, Grampian Regional Equality Council receives funding of £4,551 to deliver a series of six workshops aiming to improve data research with a focus on inclusion and inequalities.
People Know How: Digital Citizen Research Project
People Know How, a Scottish social innovation charity, aim to widen participation in data science by carrying out engagement activities with underrepresented communities. They receive funding of £5,390 to engage participants from high Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) areas of Edinburgh to take part in training in the use of data in research.
University of Dundee: Drug Harm Prevention Research
The project will receive funding of £9,997 to carry out focus groups with people who use drugs to explore perceptions of the use of administrative data in research. Follow-up workshops will be carried out to produce a stop-motion animation and resources to be shared through the wider community.
University of Edinburgh: Cultural Probes into Mental Illness
Focusing on the role of art and creativity in mental health, this project will engage people with lived experience of mental illness. Receiving funding of £7,655, the project will involve a series of creativity workshops designed to spark reflection and imagination, culminating in an exhibition of the participants’ work.
University of Edinburgh: Data in Biological Research
Through a Minecraft-based game project, the University of Edinburgh will invite young people from Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands to discuss public health research data, including ethical considerations and challenges in using data to inform decisions. The project receives funding of £2,880.
University of Edinburgh: Generation Scotland
Generation Scotland is Scotland’s largest family health and wellbeing study looking to improve the lives of people living in Scotland. This project will receive funding of £5,000 to create resources around data research which can be used at science festivals and other large-scale public events.
University of Glasgow: Perinatal Mental Health
Building on existing population-wide data on all mothers in Scotland, the project will explore perinatal mental health, culminating in a timeline animation video featuring statistical analysis of population-level cohort data. The project receives funding of £11,178.
University of Glasgow, Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE): Data Linkage
Receiving funding of £2,705, SHINE will work with young people, parents/carers and teachers to produce a video and infographic around data linkage, with a focus on helping pupils, parents and teachers understand how data linkage works and the public benefits.
RDS is a not-for-profit charitable organisation created and funded by Scottish Government. We are a partnership between Scottish Government, leading universities and public bodies, such as Public Health Scotland (PHS) and National Records Scotland (NRS) and are working to make it quicker and simpler to use public sector data for public good.