Who is using GUS?

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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. Its findings on inequalities are unique and powerful.’ Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician, Scottish Government

‘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)


Current projects using GUS data

Longitudinal analysis of parents’ influence on children discretionary food choice. Patrícia Norwood, Anne Ludbrook, Ourega-Zoé Ejebu, and Yu Aoki, Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen.

Improving life chances and reducing child health inequalities: harnessing the potential of existing data. Dr Anna Pearce, University of Glasgow

Understanding the development of children’s self-control: Dr Terry Ng-Knight, University of Surrey

An appetite for life? Changing food habits and health from infancy to childhood in the context of family life in Scotland (funded by the British Academy)
Contact: Dr Valeria Skafida, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Maintaining and extending grandparent-grandchild relationships
Contact: Eloi Ribe, The University of Edinburgh e.ribe@sms.ed.ac.uk

Evaluation of the impact of free school meals (FSM) on the diet and health of primary school children: Peter Craig & Michael Waltenberger, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit

Investigating variables associated with increased risk of childhood overweight/obesity and maternal hyperglycaemia: Alexandra Blair, University of Edinburgh 

Evaluation of the Healthy Start Voucher Scheme in UK: a natural experiment using the Growing Up in Scotland record linkage study and the Infant Feeding Survey: Ruth Dundas, University of Glasgow

Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2018: Dr Adrienne Hughes, University of Strathclyde. 

How different pollution substances affect children’s scores in cognitive tests. Claudio Colandrea, University of Edinburgh. 

Completed projects and publications



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

The Communication Trust: Talking About a Generation March 2017 

East Dunbartonshire Council: Little Explorers Nurture Day (LEND)



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

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

Scottish Government: 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)

A Model Mother? Family policy and childrearing in post-devolution Scotland

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

Acceptance and use of corporal punishment of children and emotional and behavioural outcomes in a Scottish child cohort

Exploring the impact of assets and vulnerabilities of families living in poverty, and persistent poverty, on children’s early cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural outcomes, as a predictor of future educational attainment



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

Infant feeding in relation to eating patterns in the second year of life and weight status in the fourth year

You are What You Eat? Meal Type, Socio-economic Status and Cognitive Ability in Childhood

What predicts persistent early conduct problems? Evidence from the Growing Up in Scotland cohort



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

Habits of a lifetime? Babies’ diets and family life in Scotland



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



Understanding the use of alcohol in pregnancy amongst women in Scotland

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