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Scottish Data for Research Alliance

Find out how Research Data Scotland (RDS) is working with alliance partners to improve the Scottish data system.

What is the Scottish Data for Research Alliance? 

The Scottish Data for Research Alliance (SDRA) aims to steer the data system to deliver better population outcomes and continuous improvement, seizing opportunities and providing a forum for partners to identify and resolve system wide issues.

Who is involved?  

The SDRA is a joint venture between RDS, EPCC, National Records of Scotland (NRS), Public Health Scotland (PHS), the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) and the Scottish Government.

A subgroup, known as the Alliance Technical Group, has been formed to focus on technical aspects of making public sector data available for research whilst keeping it safe and maintaining public trust.

The members of the Alliance Technical Group have a depth of expertise in different technical areas and are well placed to make collaborative decisions on the data research landscape in Scotland. 

How often do they meet? 

The SDRA meets every month to discuss system wide proposals for access to data for research and analysis.

What are they working on?  

Since its inception in October 2022, the SDRA has worked to look at a range of issues affecting the data research landscape, to understand blockers and explore how prioritisation should happen across the system.

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