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Scottish Government statistics: request our data

The Scottish Government is committed to making its data accessible, subject to data protection legislation.

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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 you require isn’t available on these sites, then a bespoke request for  SG and published NRS Census data 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 documents to assist you with the type of information we require?
  • Have you completed a Data Protection Impact Assessment?
  • What is your organisations’ lawful basis for accessing 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
  • are considered to be low risk based on a risk score

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

  • Will be linked to other datasets
  • Request unpublished NRS census data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

Application guidance

Terms of reference

Risk matrix

Application process flow chart

Panel membership

SPBPP approved projects

Guidance checklist

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