Hundreds of academics back self-ID sex question in Scottish census

Ahead of Scotland’s 2022 census, an international team of over 300 scientific experts in quantitative data have written an open letter to National Records of Scotland and the Scottish Government affirming that the census should ask about lived sex. The publication of the open letter was covered in The Herald on Sunday 4 April 2021.Continue reading “Hundreds of academics back self-ID sex question in Scottish census”

Submission to the Scottish Government’s Sex and Gender in Data Working Group

In 2019 the Scottish Government asked the Chief Statistician to convene a Working Group to explore the collection, disaggregation and use of data on sex and gender. In December 2020 the Working Group published draft guidance for public bodies on the collection of sex and gender data. The guidance seeks to standardise a diversity of data collection approaches inContinue reading “Submission to the Scottish Government’s Sex and Gender in Data Working Group”

The Scottish Government’s Sex and Gender in Data Working Group: Early thoughts on draft guidance

The Scottish Government’s Sex and Gender in Data Working Group has published draft guidance on the collection, analysis and publication of data on sex and gender by Scottish public bodies. The guidance describes underpinning statistical principles, definitions of concepts, things to consider before data collection and approaches to analysis, disaggregation and publication. Of most noteContinue reading “The Scottish Government’s Sex and Gender in Data Working Group: Early thoughts on draft guidance”

Mythbusting is back!

In February 2020 the Scottish Government confirmed Scotland’s next census will advise respondents to answer the question in line with their ‘lived sex’. However, in England and Wales, which is conducting a census in 2021, debate continues about the form of guidance that will accompany the sex question. This has presented opportunities for several mythsContinue reading “Mythbusting is back!”