This seminar offered the opportunity to review the latest evidence, practice and experiences in community-led approaches to reducing poverty.

Get copies of reports and publications from the event, and see the reactions and reflections from the attendees.

There is increasing interest across the UK in supporting community-based activity to meet local needs. In Scotland, this focus on ‘community-led approaches’ is expressed in the Community Empowerment Act (2015).

The main focus for this event was a presentation by Dr Richard Crisp, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, who spoke about the findings in his research report – Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice – which was carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This is the first comprehensive review of community-led activities and how these impact on poverty.

There were two events: one in Clydebank, hosted in collaboration with West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership, and in Dundee.

The attendees had opportunities to:

  • learn about the evidence review and discuss the findings first-hand with the lead author, Dr Richard Crisp
  • contribute to discussions on how community-led activities could be a mechanism to mitigate and reduce poverty
  • discuss approaches to addressing poverty with fellow experts and a panel of researchers and policymakers
  • find inspiration and evidence for their strategies and approaches.

Date: 22nd and 23rd September 2016

Location: Clydebank and Dundee


Presentations and publications

Presentations at the Clydebank event:

Presentations at the Dundee event:

Watch the Dundee event

This video is also available on YouTube.



After the event some attendees contributed blog posts and articles reflecting on the knowledge shared though the presentations and discussions.

On the What Works Scotland blog: