Report and summary which explores the developing role of key independent community sector organisations known as community anchors. Using six exemplars, it identifies characteristics of a community anchor organisations and their roles in engaging with, leading and challenging public service reform, local democracy, community resilience and social change.
Report and executive summary of the findings from the first survey of community planning officials (managers and officers) conducted in Scotland. It sheds light on the composition of this significant group of local public servants, their role, the work they undertake and the implications for community planning partnerships and community engagement.
Video of a webinar which an opportunity to learn more about the findings from the first ever Community Planning Officials Survey and discuss what it means for community planning work, public service reform and community empowerment.
What Work Scotland researchers are undertaking a small research project into policy implementation and third sector-state relations focussing on the Scottish Government’s introduction of Participation Requests as part of the Community Empowerment Act.
Summary report shares the findings from a trial of a ‘mini-public’ process, focussed on a community bonfire, to enable communities and public services to interact more meaningfully.
The revised National Standards for Community Engagement. These were developed by What Works Scotland and the Scottish Community Development Centre with a focus on strengthening participation and community engagement, particularly in the context of the Community Empowerment Act.
Findings from an interim evaluation of ‘Your Community’, a neighbourhood-level, place-based approach to public service reform in West Dunbartonshire, aimed at supporting communities to become more sustainable, thriving, and aspirational, and to improve service delivery.
A evidence review that examines what is being done to overcome inequality in community engagement, using evidence from Scotland and the UK. Published by What Works Scotland in December 2017.
What Works Scotland research associate Dr Claire Bynner presented the keynote address at Stronger Communities, the Perth and Kinross Community Planning Conference, on Wednesday 15 November 2017.
Power, health and social justice is the focus for the next event in the Healthier Futures Forum, organised by Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) with a short presentation on How power inequalities shape policy conversations from What Works Scotland co-director Oliver Escobar.