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SCOTTISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT DURING COVID-19: DATA NEEDS, CAPABILITIES AND USES

SCOTTISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT DURING COVID-19: DATA NEEDS, CAPABILITIES AND USES

Research by academics at the University of Glasgow has shown how data sharing has been critical to how Scottish local government managed the rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis in the last 12 months.

Local government in Scotland was at the forefront of the response to COVID-19, delivering essential services to communities, providing support to local businesses, as well as, contributing to test, trace and local outbreak monitoring.

The crisis put a sudden and great demand on local authorities, forcing them to adapt quickly and engage in innovation. This experience provides important lessons for future data engagement, especially in the context of the Scottish Government's recent launch of a new digital strategy.

A new report - Scottish Local Government during COVID-19: Data Needs, Capabilities, and Uses - published today shows how Scottish local authorities embraced the challenge of COVID-19 to embark on new collaborative and innovative developments using data to help their citizens fight the pandemic.

The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and implemented in collaboration with the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government.