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Data Linkage

Led by: University of Glasgow Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE)

Funding awarded: £2,705.13 

A young person in a red hoodie with headphones on faces away from the camera, looking at a laptop screen.

The University of Glasgow Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) worked with young people, parents/carers and teachers to produce video and infographic materials around data linkage.

This forms part of SHINE's ambition to link data from their mental health survey to wider education and health records.

Working with pupils in-person at schools across Scotland as well as with teachers and parents/carers online, the project team engaged people in conversations about data linkage and mental health in schools. The team held eight focus groups in five primary and secondary schools across Scotland and developed resources based on the participants’ inputs.  

Discussions focused on concerns and barriers around linking self-reported data about pupils with other data sources so pupils can make informed decisions about providing information to researchers.  

The video and infographic will be shared in Spring 2024 on the website and through webinars as part of a toolkit for schools and researchers at Glasgow University School of Health and Wellbeing, ensuring that conversations continue even after the project has ended. The resources will help pupils, parents and teachers understand the use of data in research, how data linkage works and the wider public benefits. 

An infographic displaying information on using data linkage research to understand young people's health and wellbeing
Infographic created as part of the SHINE project

Watch the project summary

Find out more about the project in this video, recorded as part of the RDS Public Engagement Fund showcase in February 2024.


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