Data is gathered by a multitude of organisations for a multitude of reasons. Whether it be an individuals’s health journey, statistics relating to the incidence of a particular condition across the country or the supply and demand conflicts of social care services. It provides the evidence base for the commissioning of services and the needs of the population that those services are designed for. For the third sector, effective data can mean the evidence for a valued service being recommissioned or a pilot of a new approach.
Sources of data can vary from internal monitoring and evaluation, through to national collection and analysis agencies.
NHS National Services Scotland Resources
- Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice
- Local Intelligence Support Team (LIST) provides wide range of services to partners within Health and Social Care Partnerships to help inform an evidence base for decision making and commissioning
- Health and Social Care Data Integration and Intelligence Project (SOURCE)
Third Sector Resources
Scottish Third Sector Research Forum:
The Scottish Third Sector Research Forum (TSRF), supported by the Scottish Government, has existed in its current form since 2009 and brings together strategic partners: Scottish Government and other public sector agencies, third sector and academics to:
- Obtain holistic oversight of third sector evidence and data needs;
- Work collaboratively to identify research questions and meet evidence gaps;
- Share and critique data, evidence and knowledge, and
- Maximise the impact of evidence through knowledge exchange and dissemination.
Knowledge Translation Network:
Evidence for Success Series (Knowledge Translation Network)
- Evidence for Success: The Guide to Getting Evidence and Using It
- Evidence for Success: Collaborating with Academics (supplement)
- The next two guides in the series will be about using secondary evidence, and about an aspect of community-led research.
- Case Study Report: Bringing the Third Sector and Academic Research Together (Scottish Third Sector Research Forum)
- Report: InterAction: How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice? (Carnegie UK Trust)
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