Who is using GUS?

Watch our film ‘Why GUS is useful for us’

What people say about GUS

‘GUS provides us with the unique evidence we need to help make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up’ Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People

‘Information from GUS and from other research makes us a much better informed group of professionals who have the same passion and desire to improve the lives of children and young people in Scotland. GUS helps to feed this passion.’ Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

‘Without GUS we’d be flying blind’ Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland

‘GUS is a policy maker’s dream’ Olivia McLeod, Director of Children and Families, Scottish Government

‘I have only recently realised how important GUS is. It’s findings on inequalities are unique and powerful’ Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician, Scottish Governme‘GUS ensures that we don’t use the past as a reference point, or use perception as a reference point. It gives us an evidence base for the work that we do.’ Jean-Carwood Edwards, University of Glasgow (previously Education Scotland and now Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland)

‘I use the data to inform my own practice and that of the staff I manage, as well as applying it when and where possible to inform strategic decision making and policy formulation’ Childcare Team Manager in a Local Authority

‘I have discussed findings with staff, colleagues and parents within my nursery. I have directed staff to the website for their personal development and used it for my own resource.’ Nursery Manager (GUS conference delegate)

Projects and publications using GUS – some examples

Department for Work and Pensions – Improving Lives: Helping workless families An evidence resource on family disadvantage and its impact on children

Communication Trust – Talking About a Generation March 2017 

Family Friendly Working Scotland – Family friendly working and low income families – Policy Briefing and Full Report

Education Scotland/ Scottish Attainment Challenge – Knowledge into Action Briefing 2: Early reading

East Dunbartonshire Council – Little Explorers Nurture Day (LEND)

Equally Protected? A review of the evidence on the physical punishment of children

Scottish Government – Consultation on Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy 2015

Commission for Childcare Reform Scotland – Final Report June 2015

An Independent Review of the Scottish Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Workforce and Out of School Care (OSC) Workforce

Save the Children Scotland ‘Read on Get on’ – a mission to ensure all children in Scotland are reading well by age 11

Joseph Rowntree Foundation – Closing the attainment gap in Scottish education (2014)

NHS Health Scotland – Evidence for Action – Briefing on child poverty 2013

Save the Children ‘Thrive at Five’ report – Comparative child development st school entry age 2012

Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) Early Years subject profile 2011

Pre-birth to three: Positive outcomes for Scotland’s children and families National Guidance

Interventions for Promoting Early Child Development for Health – an environmental scan with special reference to Scotland (Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy)

Turning evidence into action: Strategic Planning for children in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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