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Privacy notice

In line with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are certain things that we need to let you, a research participant, know about how your information will be processed. In this privacy notice, we explain the legal basis for data processing, who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.


What is the legal basis for processing my data?

The Big Lottery Fund is the data controller for this project. This means that they are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for processing data. For this project, the legal basis for processing data is “public task”.


Who will have access to my personal data?

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) are carrying out this research and will have access to recordings of interviews and focus groups, transcripts, charted data, sample files (including contact details) and survey responses. All responses are anonymised before being analysed, passed to the Big Lottery Fund or archived.

McGowan Transcriptions ( are the transcription service we use to transcribe our interview and focus group data. They will have had access to recordings and transcriptions from all interviews and focus groups. McGowan Transcriptions are on our approved supplier list and compliant with all of our information security policies.


How will my data be treated?

The results collected are used for research purposes only. Interview and focus group data with parents, members of the early years’ workforce and other stakeholders will be anonymised, charted, analysed and used to inform all strands of the project.

Data gathered from surveys will be anonymised before analysis and then being passed on to the Big Lottery Fund, who will pass it on to A Better Start sites. Your personal information, and any other data held on the project, will be securely deleted once the project is complete in September 2018.


Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

If you have any questions about how your data will be used, please contact the Big Lottery Fund’s Data Protection Officer at or by writing to the Data Protection Officer at Big Lottery Fund, 2 St James’ Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BE.

Under GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please go to for more information.