SIMD Training Events

In autumn 2015, we ran an SIMD16 Roadshow across Scotland.

The focus of the roadshow was to support people in how to use SIMD. Topics included:

  • what SIMD 2012 tells us about the local area
  • how to develop your own local area analysis
  • what will be included in SIMD16
  • question and answer session

All training material can be downloaded from our website.

If you have a specific query about SIMD, please contact us through the SIMD mailbox. To receive updates about SIMD, sign up to the ScotStat mailing list.

SIMD Newsletter

August 2015 Newsletter 

SIMD Review workshop materials

Three SIMD user workshops were held in December 2013 and January 2014 as part of the Scottish Government's review of SIMD, seeking the views of SIMD users on 'What's Working' and 'The Future.'

The following materials were used in all three locations, Glasgow, Stirling, and Dundee.


Workshop materials

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

SIMD 2012 was published on 18 December 2012

SIMDTo access the latest SIMD 2012 Publication please visit the SIMD 2012 Publication Web Portal.

A podcast explains how to use this.

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way. It allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation.

The SIMD ranks small areas (called datazones) from most deprived (ranked 1) to least deprived (ranked 6,505). People using the SIMD will often focus on the datazones below a certain rank, for example, the 5%, 10%, 15% or 20% most deprived datazones in Scotland.

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Important News

The SIMD 2012 is now available - published on 18 December 2012. This provides an update to the previous SIMD published in 2009. A new web portal hosts the content of the SIMD 2012 providing users with a single point of access to the SIMD 2012 publication and other helpful resources including links to interactive mapping to visualise the results of the SIMD 2012, tailored summaries of SIMD 2012 findings for Local Authorities, access to the data used to construct the Index, and relevant guidance papers to understand how to use the SIMD.


Check out the new SIMD podcast for a brief introduction to the SIMD, how it is constructed, and how to use the new SIMD 2012 web portal.


All the News

Measuring Deprivation Advisory Group

  • The Measuring Deprivation Advisory Group (MDAG) is made up of a combination of data suppliers and users of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
  • The group provides advice on issues such as the needs of users; development priorities; methodological options; quality of outputs; and dissemination and guidance on the use of outputs.
  • The MDAG page provides meeting papers and more information on the group's remit.

How to use SIMD

SIMD 2006 - Interactive MappingThe SIMD provides a wealth of information to help improve the understanding about the outcomes and circumstances of people living in the most deprived areas in Scotland.

The key pages to help you are:

  • Guidance and Analysis Guidance and analysis papers giving examples of how the SIMD can be used.
  • Background Data and Tools The data used to construct the SIMD domains and overall SIMD, including: ranks and scores for each domain along with relevant population denominators.
  • Interactive Mapping An interactive mapping tool which can be used to identify Scotland's most deprived areas and their location within each local authority area;
  • Background and Methodology Information on the background, methodology and development of the SIMD;
  • Interactive guidance This powerpoint slideshow uses screenshots and animation to show you how to find the rank of the datazone containing a postcode of interest;
  • Publications A general report with summary analysis is published on the website, while comprehensive information on the domains, indicators and methodology used in the SIMD can be found in the technical report;
  • FAQs Frequently Asked Questions explaining how to make best use of the SIMD.
  • Presentations Details of previous presentations and how to go about arranging a presentation.

You can also use the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics website to carry out more detailed analysis of the SIMD through comparison of the results with a range of socio-economic indicators.