Forthcoming events

Naomi Eisenstadt lecture – Review of the Life Chances of Young People

Monday 3 July, (evening), Glasgow

This lecture, co-hosted by What Works Scotland, Policy Scotland and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow, marks the launch of Naomi Eisenstadt’s second report to the Scottish Government as Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, which will focus on the life chances of young people in Scotland. The main themes of her report are employment, housing and mental health.

Preventing and mitigating child poverty

Thursday 31 August 2017, Edinburgh

This event, organised by What Works Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, will provide an opportunity to systematically explore the evidence and issues surrounding actions to tackle child poverty.

It will launch Tackling child poverty: Actions to prevent and mitigate child poverty at the local level, an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland’s Evidence Bank.

Poverty, schools and inequality: reducing the cost of the school day

Friday 29 September 2017, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian

Research shows that the charges that schools make to parents for uniforms, school trips, activities and learning materials have a negative impact on the poorest families. This event will provide an opportunity to understand the impact of the costs of school on the poorest parents and reflect on how the Pupil Equity Fund might be used to effectively tackle inequalities and reduce the attainment gap.


Past events

See details of past events. Get access to speakers’ presentations and event reports.

Our most recent events:

People, Prejudice and Planning: Community-based responses to promoting equality and tackling hate

This event will look at the experiences of community-based projects working locally on combating prejudice. It will reflect on experience of doing this work and explore the lessons being learnt about how to support it. It’s aimed at practitioners from the equalities and community development sector, academics with an interest in the issue, community planning partnerships and others in policy roles. The session will inform the final draft of a joint publication between the Scottish Community Development Centre and What Works Scotland on learning generated by the ScoTTS action research process.

Book launch – The People’s Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-Making

Claudia Chwalisz presented the key findings in The People’s Verdict, a study of 50 long-form deliberative processes, where randomly selected citizens played key roles in decision-making. In the book she makes the case that adding informed citizen voices to the heart of public decision-making leads to more effective policies. The session iincluded opportunities for participants to discuss the book’s findings and the role that Scotland can play in advancing democratic innovation.

What works in economic regeneration?

Event related to a forthcoming What Works Scotland report asking what works in place-based economic regeneration in Scotland. We heard about recent and current work by SURF – Scotland’s Regeneration Forum – and the event provided space for delegates to contribute to the debate and provide their own sense of what works and does not in the current and likely future climate for regeneration in Scotland.

All of What Works Scotland past events

About What Works Scotland events

What Works Scotland holds seminars, workshops and conferences to share our research findings and promote discussion. We also organise events with partners.

Our latest events will be listed here. They are free but ticketed.

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