The Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS) is an important longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of a cohort of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond.
The study is funded by the Scottish Government and carried out by the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen). Its principal aim is to provide information to support policy-making, but it is also intended to be a broader resource that can be drawn on by academics, voluntary sector organisations and other interested parties.
In this report plans are set out for government investment in Scotland over the three year period 2003-2006. Proposals for public spending are made in Justice, Education, Health, Social Justice, Transport, Environment and Administration.
Study assessing the contribution of the rise in car travel to the decline in human energy expenditure and the consequent rise in obesity in the UK. It also investigates increased car travel's contribution to climate change and tries to show that these health and environment challenges have common origins and some common solutions.
Report which uses six case studies to illustrate the everyday experiences of children in public places in England. It argues we need to change the way we think about the built environment so that different generations are not segregated. It also makes a series of recommendations for ensuring public spaces are welcoming for all.
Paper exploring the links between school, family and environmental background influences during adolescence and later adult economic outcomes.
Report assessing the causes and impact of fear and anxiety on society and the population at large and urging action by government and institutions to reduce levels of anxiety.
This study examined the prevalence and structural correlates of gender based violence against female sex workers in an environment of criminalised prostitution in Canada. The results demonstrate an alarming prevalence of gender based violence against female sex workers. The structural factors of criminalisation, homelessness, and poor availability of drug treatment independently correlated with gender based violence against street based female sex workers.
Report setting out what the concept of agility in government means and why it is potentially useful for public sector managers. It examines the changing context in which governments are operating and explains the reasons why developing greater agility can help public services respond to new challenges.
Report presenting the findings of research which assessed the views of people living in deprived areas of Greater Glasgow regarding cancer, health and local health improvement activities. This data was considered important to the future development and direction of health improvement initiatives.
Report detailing the findings of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland's (MWC) unannounced visits to sixteen continuing care wards across Scotland. At these visits the MWC interviewed patients, relatives and staff and examined data such as needs assessments.