Our work focuses on specific localities with local case partners. A further nine areas are working with us to enhance learning, comparison and sharing.

Through their engagement with What Works Scotland, case partners will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of their local area, local needs, what is and isn’t working
  • Have mechanisms in place for utilising the best evidence to inform planning and service delivery
  • Have increased capacity to generate, use and interpret evidence, including increased evaluation capacity.
  • Have a better understanding of the barriers and enablers of delivering effective services to meet local needs.

The four case sites are: Aberdeenshire, Fife, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire

  • In Aberdeenshire the focus is on the development of community planning and health and social care integration across strategic, operational and community partnership-working
  • In Fife we are seeking to improve central-local CPP processes by exploring a school intervention initiative, the development of a community welfare hub, and different collaborative approaches to support families in deprived areas.
  • In Glasgow the focus is on using evidence to inform a ten-year place-based initiative called ‘Thriving Places’, and on participatory budgeting.
  • West Dunbartonshire’s interests are in public service reform at the neighbourhood level and community-led action planning

We also link with international partners to compare how public services are delivered here in Scotland and elsewhere.

As the programme develops we will scale up and share more widely our findings on the impact of public service reform and system-wide change.