Senior Statistician, Scottish Government
Alastair McAlpine is a Senior Statistician in the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environmental Sciences and Analytical Services division and heads up the Agricultural and Land-use Statistics and Data Unit. His unit is currently supporting a cross-UK project, funded by ADR UK, to link farm business data collected through the Agricultural Census to other public records to bring new insights and evidence to specific issues that affect farmers and their families.
In his previous post, Alastair was responsible for the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) which is the Scottish Government’s official tool for identifying deprived areas across Scotland. In this role, and in addition to publishing the SIMD in 2016, he led on work to open up the code behind SIMD to encourage its re-usability and facilitate analysts who were linking other data sources to the index.
"Data sources on their own help us understand the world in which we live and work, but by combining our resources we can bring new insights into the fore and as analysts we can help support better outcomes for society. ADR UK have been instrumental in facilitating the work we are doing here in the agricultural unit. They are supporting us to develop new analytical processes that will allow us to bring new evidence to policymakers that will support the agri-community achieve better outcomes in health and education."