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HIE launches major Gaelic research project / HIE a’ cur air bhog pròiseact rannsachaidh mòr

25 June 2013

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading a partnership project to research the ways in which Gaelic delivers economic and social value within the region and for Scotland, and how that impact can be maximised.

HIE has commissioned DC Research to gather detailed information from businesses, communities and social enterprises which are currently using Gaelic as an asset. It will also seek to identify as yet untapped potential to use Gaelic as an asset.

The work is being led by HIE in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scottish Natural Heritage, Creative Scotland, The Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

The research aims to identify examples of best practice in using Gaelic as an asset, highlight opportunities to scale up existing activity and develop a toolkit of analysed data and opportunities to guide HIE and our partners in supporting business innovation, internationalisation and sectoral development.

Donald Macdonald, HIE Board member said: “In the last 20-30 years, there has been marked growth in the area of Gaelic development and it is now time to explore how its potential can be taken to the next level.

“HIE recognises that Gaelic is at the heart of many communities across our area. The research will highlight the economic and social impact of its use as an asset, so that we can actively shape our future support to businesses and communities.”

HIE has provided funding over many years to a large number of organisations using  Gaelic as an asset, including the Scotland-wide cultural agency Fèisean nan Gàidheal, leading Gaelic publisher Acair, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture - Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

For the past four years, the agency has contracted Comunn na Gàidhlig, to invest in a range of Gaelic development services. HIE funding in the last year has enabled 249 businesses, communities and social enterprises to deliver business innovation, community development projects and student placements.

John Angus Mackay, Chief Executive of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said: “This is a great opportunity to assess the economic and social impact of Gaelic. It is clear from recent research on public attitudes that Gaelic is widely seen as an important element in Scottish heritage and identity. The Highlands and Islands is key to deploying the full potential of Gaelic through arts and culture, education, and the media sector. Gaelic has a significant role to play in the future of our country, and we need to assess how that can be maximised in economic, as well as in cultural and linguistic, terms".

The research is due to be completed in the autumn.

Notes:

  • Economic and Social Value of Gaelic as an Asset Research Steering Group
    As part of the research, a steering group has been formed to ensure the research covers as much of Scotland as possible and that all areas of economic and social value are included. The steering group includes representatives from all project partners, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scottish Natural Heritage, Creative Scotland, The Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and representatives from other public agencies such as the National Trust for Scotland, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Historic Scotland and Scottish Government.
  • Finanical commitment
    All partners in the project are committed to investing in the research which is estimated to be in the region of £70,000.
  • DC Research
    The appointed consultants DC Research Ltd. are an economics, regeneration, and culture research company. DC Research was established in 2008 and is founded upon more than 35 years experience. Members of the study team have worked together on previous projects and have recent experience of delivering relevant research projects on behalf of HIE and other partners. Most recently the team delivered the ‘Economic Impact Case Study: Arts & Creative Industries in the Outer Hebrides’ on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Creative Scotland and Skills Development Scotland.

HIE a’ cur air bhog pròiseact rannsachaidh mòr

Tha Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ‘s nan Eilean (HIE) a’ stiùireadh pròiseact rannsachaidh an am compàirteachas airson fhaighinn a-mach a bheil a’ Ghàidhlig a’ libhrigeadh fàs air an eaconamaidh agus a’ neartachadh coimhearsnachdan air a’ Ghàidhealtachd agus ann an Alba.

Tha HIE air DC Research air fhastadh airson fiosrachadh mionaideach fhaighinn bho gnìomhachasan, coimhearsnachdan, buidhnean agus iomairtean sòisealta a tha a’ cleachdadh a’ Ghàidhlig mar stòras.

Còmhla ri HIE, tha Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba, Alba Chruthachail, Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd, Comhairle Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid agus Comhairle nan Eilean Siar an sàs anns an sgrùdadh.

Tha an rannsachadh ag amas air na dòighean as fhèarr Gàidhlig a’ chleachdadh, airson fhaighinn a-mach de na cothroman a dh’ fhaodadh a bhith ann gus barrachd Gàidhlig a chleachdadh mar stòras agus stiùireadh a’ leasachadh air mar is urrainn do HIE taic a thoirt seachad do ùr-gnàthachadh, a’ reic gu eadar-nàiseanta agus a’ leasachadh na diofar roinnean.

Thuirt Dòmhnall MacDhòmhnaill, a tha na bhall air a’ bhùird aig HIE: “Anns an 30 bliadhna a chaidh seachad, tha comharra de fhàs air a bhith ann a’ leasachadh na Gàidhlig agus tha an t-àm ann gus fhaighinn a-mach ciamar ‘s urrainn an comas seo a bhith air a’ leudachadh.”

“Tha HIE ag aithneachadh gu bheil Gàidhlig aig cridhe an t-uamhas de choimhearsnachdan anns an sgìre againn. Bheir an rannsachadh seo sealladh air a bhuaidh a tha aig a’ cleachdadh na Gàidhlig mar stòras air an eaconamaidh, air an gnìomhachasan agus air na coimhearsnachdan agus mar ‘s urrainn dhuinn taic a thoirt dhaibh.”

Tha HIE air taic a thoirt seachad thairis grunn bhliadhnachan do dhiofar bhuidhnean a tha a’ cleachdadh a’ Ghàidhlig mar stòras, leithid Fèisean nan Gàidheal, an foillsichear Acair, an t-Aonad Nàiseanta airson Gàidhlig agus Cultar – Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Airson ceithir bliadhna a-nis, tha a’ bhuidheann air a bhith ag obair còmhla ri Comunn Na Gàidhlig tro cunnradh Seirbheisean Gàidhlig. Chaidh taic a thoirt dha 249 gnìomhachasan, coimhearsnachdan agus iomairtean sòisealta anns a bhliadhna a chaidh seachad airson ùr-gnàthachadh, pròiseactan leasachaidh coimhearsnachd agus greis gnìomhachais airson oileanaich.

Thuirt Iain Aonghais MacAoidh, Cathraiche Bhòrd na Gàidhlig: “ ‘Se cothrom math a tha seo airson sgrùdadh a dhèanamh air a’ bhuaidh a tha air a bhith aig a’ Ghàidhlig air an eaconamaidh agus na coimhearsnachdan againn. Bhon rannsachadh a chaidh a dhèanamh mu thràth, tha an t-sluagh air a ràdh gu bheil iad a’ faicinn a’ Ghàidhlig mar phàirt cudromach den chultar agus dualchais na h-Alba. Tha a’ Ghàidhealtachd ‘s nan Eilean na àite sònraichte airson Gàidhlig a’ chleachdadh gu làn chomais tro na h-ealain agus cultar, foghlam agus roinn nam meadhanan. Tha àite aig Gàidhlig anns an àm ri teachd airson ar dùthaich, agus feumaidh rannsachadh a dhèanamh air mar is urrainn sin a bhith nas motha a thaobh an eaconamaidh, a bharrachd air comharran cànanach agus cultarach.”

Thig crìch air an rannsachadh anns an Fhoghar.


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