This programme – part of ADR UK and funded by the ESRC – is helping to make administrative datasets more readily linkable and securely available for research on a suite of critical issues in Scotland, including children's lives and outcomes, lifelong health and wellbeing, health and social care, poverty and fair work, and building safer communities.
Since April 2023, RDS has received additional funding from Scottish Government to support the delivery of the programme on practical data work around ingesting and updating data. This work will contribute to ensuring better alignment across the Scottish system and so increase the impact of the ADR investment. With the signing of the MoU, RDS have agreed to deliver across various project workstreams, including data prioritisation and data curation.
As well as supporting Scottish Government with their contribution to the programme, RDS will work in complementary ways with the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) and other delivery bodies supporting the programme, such as Public Health Scotland, National Records of Scotland, and Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC).
Professor Roger Halliday, CEO of Research Data Scotland, said:
“I'm delighted to share the news that Research Data Scotland is supporting Scottish Government to deliver this important project. Currently, our main role in working with organisations is to simplify and speed up the way that researchers access data.