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Scottish Government statistics: request our data

Published: 8 Feb 2021
Last updated: 10 May 2021 - see all updates
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Digital Directorate
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The Scottish Government is committed to making its data accessible, subject to data protection legislation.

Published:
8 Feb 2021
Scottish Government statistics: request our data

What data is available

The Scottish Government is committed to making its data accessible, subject to data protection legislation. Before requesting data, we recommend you first check:

If the data your require isn’t available on these sites, then a bespoke request for data from SG and NRS Census can be submitted via a completed application form to our mailbox: statistics.enquiries@gov.scot

Things to do before you complete an application pack

  • have you consulted the guidance document to assist you with the type of information we require?
  • have you completed a Data Protection Impact Assessment?
  • what is your organisations lawful and legal basis for needing access to personal and special category data?
  • have you spoken to the relevant Data Controller / Statistician to discuss your data requirements?
  • have you discussed the legal terms and conditions associated with data sharing with the data controller and your legal team?
  • have you completed the checklist to ensure all information is contained within the application pack?

Application process

Once you have submitted a complete application pack, we will process this as detailed in the process flow chart.

The SG and NRS Analytical Division Heads will consider applications that request data which:

  • will not be linked to other datasets
  • considered to be low risk based a risk score

The Statistics Public Benefit and Privacy Panel will consider applications that request data which:

  • will be linked to other datasets
  • request NRS census data
  • will be used under a programme of research
  • will not be linked to other datasets but are considered to be medium to high risk on risk score

Full details of the panel’s remit and process are available in the terms of reference.

Application form

DOCX
90.0 kB

Application guidance

19 page PDF
419.9 kB

Terms of reference

22 page PDF
655.1 kB

Risk matrix

XLSX
16.1 kB

Application process flow chart

2 page PDF
212.0 kB

Panel membership

1 page PDF
103.3 kB

SPBPP approved projects

6 page PDF
147.2 kB

Guidance checklist

4 page PDF
162.1 kB
First published: 8 Feb 2021 Last updated: 10 May 2021 -