Consulting on Scottish StatisticsScotStat is a network for users and providers of Scottish Official Statistics. It aims to improve communication amongst those interested in particular statistics and facilitate the setting up of working groups on specific statistical issues.

Periodic consultations are conducted on the statistics collected by the Scottish Government. Further information can be found in the Statistics Topic areas. If you have any comments, queries or questions connected with Scottish Official Statistics please email the ScotStat Mailbox.

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The ScotStat Register

The register allows users and providers of Scottish Statistics to contact each other and consult on specific topics of interest. Registered users can consult on new collections, seek views on changes to existing collections and receive notification of new or forthcoming publications. Click here to access the register.


As part of our work to increase the availability and useability of data we are exploring Open Data principles and technologies. Please visit our pilot Open Data project at to see a showcase of Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation data and an Open Data tutorial using data about schools.

You are welcome to use the data in any way you wish and are under no obligation to inform us, but as this is a pilot we would really like to know if and how the data are being used. We're equally keen to hear from you if you have tried to use the data but been unsuccessful for any reason.

Finally, if you have any comments on this work more generally or suggestions for our developing approach to open data please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Telephone: Gregor Boyd on 0131 244 0442


ScotStat Events

SIMD training event - June 2014

The SIMD team will be providing an afternoon training session in Edinburgh on the 23rd of June 2014.

This session will provide training in the following areas:

  • What is SIMD - how we create it and what data we use
  • Using SIMD - where to get some ready-made analysis and suit it to your needs
  • Planning your own research - taking SIMD and supplementing it with other data sources.

This training event is open to all but specifically designed for users who have little or no experience in SIMD or would like to learn how to use it more effectively in their work. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the event.

If you are interested in coming to the event and would like further details please contact us at

Small Area Statistics Event - Wednesday 20 February 2013

The purpose of this event was to promote small area statistics, including the recently published Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012 and the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics Improvement Project, and to promote some new developments in modelling small area income and poverty estimates. Presentation slides from the event can be accessed on the event homepage.

ScotStat Data Linkage Conference - Monday 26 March 2012

Data linkage is the joining of two or more administrative or survey datasets to greatly increase the power of analysis then possible with the data. This ScotStat conference is concerned exclusively with data linkage for research and statistical purposes and will cover a variety of topics including statistical methods for data linkage, individual referencing systems, logistics and privacy impact assessments. Registration has now closed and the conference is full.

Previous Annual Statistics Stakeholder Conferences