Roadshow One: Think Data! Better data, better third sector

Think data! Better data, healthier lives

Thursday 18th Feb, 1.30 – 4.00pm, The Gathering, SECC, Glasgow

Event description

This free ESRC-funded event provides a space where health and social care organisations in the third sector can join public sector partners including the NHS, and academic experts, to discuss and explore issues around using and sharing health and social care data. As well as getting new conversations started, we hope this session will spark off ideas, collaborations and practical projects that participants can then take forward.

This is the second of six Think Data! roadshow events organised by the Scottish Civil Society Data Partnership (CSDP).


1.30        Part 1 - Health, Social Care, and the role of data

(All about the role of data in health)

What role does data play in shaping health and care service interventions? Is data collected by third sector organisations of any value here at all? Conversely, can the wealth of data collected by public bodies be re-used by others, such as third sector organisations, to build new services?



  • Lucy McTernan, SCVO, Chair
  • Scott Heald, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Lorna Kelly, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
  • Eliot Stark, Strive (East Lothian) 


2.00   Roundtable discussions – Towards data collaboration

(All about best ways to collaborate with data)

  • What kind of data is already available and how might it be re-purposed by others to enhance health and care services?
  • What existing practical examples of data collaboration can we draw on – do we know what success looks like? Can universities help here?
  • What are the resource and capacity implications of sharing and re-using data? Is the business case strong enough to justify the costs and time involved?


2.45        Feedback from roundtable discussions


3.00        Break and networking


Part 2 – Sharing data, open data and privacy

(All about ethics of opening up data)

3.15        Panel discussion

Should data sharing always have a clear, anticipated purpose? Or would an open data agenda bring innovations and more participative communities in ways we haven’t imagined?If so, where does the citizen fit in to this debate about the data on them that’s shared? Have we fully appreciated the privacy implications?



  • Sally Witcher, Inclusion Scotland, Chair
  • Dr Claudia Pagliari, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Gregor Boyd, ScotStat, Scottish Government
  • Ruchir Shah, SCVO & CSDP Project


4.00   Round up and close