Screen Scotland Research

This section is about our Knowledge and Research work.

About our Research team

The Knowledge and Research team at Creative Scotland supports Screen Scotland by helping to articulate outcomes, set baselines for measurement of impact and develop a monitoring and evaluation framework in line with the Screen Scotland Business Plan.

The team works to ensure Screen Scotland has access to the latest developments in social and cultural research. This includes commissioning research from our own budgets and supporting Screen Scotland colleagues with their own research commissions.

Contracted Research work for 2020/21

FOCUS Programme Evaluation: Screen Scotland has commissioned Ekos Ltd. to carry out an overall evaluation of the value and impact of FOCUS business support, training and networking programmes delivered by FOCUS Pilot, Bootcamp, 1-2-1 consultancies and events. The evaluation also assessed the extent of FOCUS’ strengths and weakness in providing support to Scottish screen companies, looking at business growth, resilience and sustainability in sight of recent market changes. Read the report's executive summary.

Economic Value of the Scottish Screen Sector: Following a public procurement process, Screen Scotland has commissioned Saffery Champness and Nordicity to conducta full-scale economic impact study to assess the value of the Scottish screen sector, its sub-sectors and activities, and linkages to and influences on wider economic activity across Scotland.

Find out more information about this research and how screen sector workers can contribute to the findings.

Mapping of the Film Education sector in Scotland research is being undertaken by Edinburgh Innovations Ltd (part of the University of Edinburgh), with the key purpose to get a comprehensive picture of film and moving image education provision in Scotland. The online survey was open between November 2021 and January 2022 and in April the project is entering a qualitative phase, with around 30 interviews planned to gain a deeper understanding of the sector. The final report, combining quantitative and qualitative elements, will be ready for dissemination in June 2022.

An evaluation of the Screen Scotland co-funded TRC DEEP programme by EKOS Ltd has been conducted and the executive summary has now been published. This project aimed to assess the value and impact of TRC’s DEEP programme of activities in reference to its own strategic objectives and in line with the needs of the Screen Scotland Partnership.

Greening Scotland’s Screen Industry research has been undertaken by Creative Carbon Scotland, due for publication later in 2020. This research identified appropriate means, opportunities and instruments for Screen Scotland to promote stronger mitigation of carbon emissions in the screen sector, predominantly in production.

Raising Films has launched its next major piece of research - HOW WE WORK NOW: Parents and Carers in the post-COVID screen sector - a follow-on from the organisation’s scoping study BACK FROM THE BRINK which was published in March 2021. View the survey.

Screen Data Hub

One of our goals is to develop an externally-focussed Screen Data Hub for Scotland. We are currently in the process of scoping the potential content, function, form, and audiences for a Data Hub with the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme at the University of Edinburgh; beginning with facilitated events to bring together academic expertise and the screen industry to look at how best to meet the needs of the sector. This work will continue in 2020/21 with an options paper being developed in the early part of the year.

Screen Scotland Data

Research Round-Up

Creative Scotland issue a monthly newsletter highlighting all the latest research work available from both Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland. You can sign up to this newsletter and view previous editions here: Creative Scotland Research Round-Up.

Screen sector publications

View our screen sector publications.


If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about Screen Scotland’s research work, please email [email protected].