Understanding social circumstances of the veteran population

Categories: ADR Scotland, Inequality & Social Inclusion

30 July 2019

ADR Scotland’s veterans’ study is part of the innovative e-cohorts research programme, which is linking data from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the 2011 Census. The use of MoD data is an exciting acquisition and will enable ADR Scotland to explore the social circumstances of the Scottish veterans’ population, as well as learn more about a demographic for which no data source currently exists that provides a basis for analysis.

The Scottish Government’s recent ‘Strategy for our Veterans’ presents ‘Data on the Veteran Community’ as a core cross-cutting theme, committed to enhancing the collection, use and analysis of data to build an evidence base to effectively identify and address the needs of veterans. The project lead, Dr Iain Atherton, has built an engaged team of leads and stakeholders, including representatives from the Defence Policy Unit in Scottish Government and charities such as the Royal Airforce Association, garnering interest from the Veteran’s Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer.

Key questions

This study aims to:

  1. Evaluate the potential of linking currently available data to provide a basis for research into ex-armed forces personnel.
  2. Contribute to the development of reusable data that will be made available to the wider academic community.
  3. Contribute to the development of evidence informed policy.

“The wellbeing of veterans is central to our society. I am delighted that our expertise will enable insights into the circumstances and wellbeing of those who have served in the forces. Findings will provide government as well as non-government organisations with evidence that can enable more robust planning that can ensure critical needs are addressed.”
Dr Iain Atherton, Reader at Edinburgh Napier University and project lead

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