Innovating With Data Across The Public Sector: Glasgow - Child Poverty

April 1st 2020

Glasgow: Child Poverty

What is it?

In autumn 2019, the Centre for Civic Innovation (CCI) in Glasgow was asked by the Child Poverty Strategy group in the city to help them better understand some of the issues around child poverty. Specifically, the CCI was asked whether data science could help uncover new insights around the detailed circumstances facing children and families in the city.

Why is it needed?

Glasgow has an ambitious target to reduce child poverty to 18% by 2023 and 10% by 2030. Stakeholders are keen to try out new ways of working and new solutions to help meet the target, starting with making better use of all data available and assessing what it might tell planners.

What impact does it have?

The initial data analytics exercise has already uncovered new levels of detail around the depth of child poverty amongst particular family groups across the city. It also challenged the official figures around poverty levels. All of this has opened up a new debate on how best to tackle child poverty in the city, increasing potential options for new interventions. The CCI is facilitating a process to encourage new ideas around solutions.

How important is data to the project?

Data insight is central to the project as it will form the basis for new ideas and new potential solutions. The insight is created through the use of data analytics conducted by data scientists in the team. This is combined with a design thinking approach to support creative problem solving.

Who to contact for more information?

The 8th City Data Analytics contact is Stephen Sprott, Glasgow City Council, phone 0141 287 0064 or email

The Centre for Civic Innovation, phone 0141 465 7641 or email

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