Shaping our services for the future
If last year was about laying the foundations for change through a service blueprint and technical assessment, this year is about starting to introduce system changes that save time and improve researcher’s experience through a new Researcher Access Service. We’ll make changes bit by bit learning as we go with our partners.
In particular, we will be shortly launching a new improved website including an overhaul of the metadata catalogue to make it easier to formulate asks for data and navigate the process.
We will introduce a fast-track information governance approach for lower risk projects, and starting with these projects, will digitise the application process: in time helping researchers get the application through independent panels (where needed) first time round.
We’re developing approaches to producing synthetic versions of datasets to enable researchers to decide what datasets/variables they need and allow them to develop code while waiting for approval to use data.
And we’re commissioning and overseeing delivery of developments to the National Safe Haven, including services that enable researchers to bring together either key open datasets alongside case level data or one that allows them to bring their own data in ways that integrate with existing RDS curated datasets.
A system wide approach to unlocking Scotland’s data
RDS’s ultimate aim is to improve access to Scotland’s already excellent public sector data, which is stored in lots of individual systems, across many different organisations, to advance health and social wellbeing. A system-wide approach is essential to achieve this aim.
Health and care data is incredibly important research asset, and so we’re working collaboratively with Public Health Scotland to widen the range of health and care data available in Scotland, such as exploring possibilities for making data on primary care, hospital and care home prescribing, medical imaging, genomics and laboratories available for research in a safe and secure manner
We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the delivery of the ADR Scotland programme undertaking practical data activities to bring together a prioritised set of administrative data available for research and updating datasets already in the National Safe Haven. This is a really significant step for RDS as it moves us into service delivery.