CodeClan project to receive funding from Research Data Scotland’s Public Engagement Fund

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CodeClan’s Demystifying Data is one of nine projects to receive funding from Research Data Scotland (RDS) to support public engagement in data research.

Receiving £7,500, the project will create a free self-directed learning course on the topic of demystifying data, including videos, quizzes, discussion forums and mini-projects. .

The funding comes from RDS’s Public Engagement Fund, which supports projects in Scotland that engage with people on data research, empowering them to discover how their data is used and to have a voice in data science.

Announced in January 2023, the Public Engagement fund aims to:

  • Promote the public understanding of data research in Scotland
  • Provide balanced information on data research
  • Widen participation by involving and engaging members of the public who may not usually interact with science to take an interest and have a voice in data science
  • Achieve clear and measurable impact

Katie Oldfield, RDS Public Engagement Manager, said: “We were delighted with the response to our Public Engagement Fund and are excited to be funding these nine projects. Innovative public engagement is key to empowering the public to have a voice in how their data is used, and each of these projects will reach audiences across Scotland and engage the public in varied and creative ways.”

“After we initially announced £40,000 of available funding, we were overwhelmed with high quality applications and were pleased to be able to increase the total funding to just over £56,000. We received over 30 applications from organisations across Scotland and wish to thank everyone who applied to the fund.”


Other recipients of RDS’s Public Engagement Fund include:

Grampian Regional Equality Council: How Fair is North-East Scotland?

Working with minority ethnic community groups in Aberdeeen, Grampian Regional Equality Council receives funding of £4,551 to deliver a series of six workshops aiming to improve data research with a focus on inclusion and inequalities.


People Know How: Digital Citizen Research Project 

People Know How, a Scottish social innovation charity, aim to widen participation in data science by carrying out engagement activities with underrepresented communities. They receive funding of £5,390 to engage participants from high Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) areas of Edinburgh to take part in training in the use of data in research.


University of Dundee: Drug Harm Prevention Research

The project will receive funding of £9,997 to carry out focus groups with people who use drugs to explore perceptions of the use of administrative data in research. Follow-up workshops will be carried out to produce a stop-motion animation and resources to be shared through the wider community.  


University of Edinburgh: Cultural Probes into Mental Illness 

Focusing on the role of art and creativity in mental health, this project will engage people with lived experience of mental illness. Receiving funding of £7,655, the project will involve a series of creativity workshops designed to spark reflection and imagination, culminating in an exhibition of the participants’ work. 


University of Edinburgh: Data in Biological Research

Through a Minecraft-based game project, the University of Edinburgh will invite young people from Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands to discuss public health research data, including ethical considerations and challenges in using data to inform decisions. The project receives funding of £2,880.


University of Edinburgh: Generation Scotland 

Generation Scotland is Scotland’s largest family health and wellbeing study looking to improve the lives of people living in Scotland. This project will receive funding of £5,000 to create resources around data research which can be used at science festivals and other large-scale public events.


University of Glasgow: Perinatal Mental Health 

Building on existing population-wide data on all mothers in Scotland, the project will explore perinatal mental health, culminating in a timeline animation video featuring statistical analysis of population-level cohort data. The project receives funding of £11,178.


University of Glasgow, Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE): Data Linkage

Receiving funding of £2,705, SHINE will work with young people, parents/carers and teachers to produce a video and infographic around data linkage, with a focus on helping pupils, parents and teachers understand how data linkage works and the public benefits.


RDS is a not-for-profit charitable organisation created and funded by Scottish Government. RDS is a partnership between Scottish Government, leading universities and public bodies, such as Public Health Scotland (PHS) and National Records Scotland (NRS) and are working to make it quicker and simpler to use public sector data for public good.


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