The intern will work with the Data Acquisition Team (DAT) which sits within the Data for Research Unit in Scottish Government. Part of the team’s work programme running through to 2022 is to conduct data discovery projects. These projects aim to engage policy and analyst teams in selected areas of the Scottish Government with the ADR Scotland programme in order to develop an understanding of the:
- Current and future pressing policy issues;
- Potentially high-impact research which could be conducted to address these issues;
- Datasets which exist across Scottish Government and the wider public sector to enable this research;
- Data controllers and the information governance involved with acquiring these datasets;
- Any potential barriers which exist to acquiring or processing these datasets into a research-ready form.
Through engagement with the relevant stakeholders, and from a good understanding of the above items, a project plan is developed – detailing a programme of the necessary actions to acquire and process the datasets identified, for ingest into the ADR Scotland infrastructure. By careful documentation, curation and communication of the information gained from the engagement process, the team collaborates with all stakeholders to develop feasible, high-impact research projects generated to inform policy in the public good.
This internship is an opportunity to conduct a data discovery project focussed on climate change and environmental policy areas. With COP 26 hosted by Glasgow in November, this is a fantastic opportunity to engage directly with Scottish Government policy makers and analysts in one of the most exciting, challenging and relevant policy areas of our time. The successful intern will gain direct insight on the challenges currently faced within government and academia on performing social research in this area and have the opportunity to develop networks with a wide range of stakeholders. This important piece of work has the potential to lead to research, which directly impacts and improves the lives and outcomes of people living in Scotland.
The team’s office location is Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, however current Scottish Government guidance is for staff to work from home where possible and it is likely that this project can be conducted remotely.