Source : Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF

The aim of this collaboration was to determine what data sources and analytical techniques best reflect the challenges of child poverty, and subsequently provide a means to assess the poverty related attainment gap as a result โ€“ which will further allow individual school settings, local authorities and other bodies to plan targeted interventions to reduce it.

Developed through the Impact Collaborations process, this project has brought together academic expertise from the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, and data science expertise at CivicDataLab and East Neuk Analytics. During this initial phase, the team will work in partnership with Northern Alliance and the Local Authorities they represent.

The objective within this initial phase is to work with stakeholders to identify the shared knowledge gap across local authorities, identify the most appropriate indicators and map the suitable data sources that can be used at the school catchment aggregation.



CivicDataLab is a research lab working on the intersection use data, tech, design and social science to strengthen the course of civic engagements in India. They work to harness the potential of open knowledge movements and better enable citizens to engage in matters of public reform. The aim to grow data and tech literacy of governments, non-profits, think-tanks, media houses, universities, and more to enable data-driven decision making at scale.

The Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF

The Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF is a unique partnership between UNICEF, The Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh, hosted by The Edinburgh Futures Institute. In todayโ€™s fast-paced technological landscape, where data is a driving force and evidence is vital to decision making, the Collaborative want to use data to produce real-world impacts that help the worldโ€™s children. Their goal is to leverage the appropriate data and expertise from our community in order to address existing problems for children using innovative data science techniques.

The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI)

The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) at the University of Strathclyde is a leading independent economic research institute focused on the Scottish economy since 1975.

East Neuk Analytics

East Neuk Analytics supports headteachers to improve their data literacy through training and bespoke tools for their schools. By supporting teachers to improve their confidence in their data led decision-making, it gives them more time to spend with the children and young people in their school.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good. Their aim is to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCUโ€™s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life through their strategy and by the actions of staff, students and alumni around the world.

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