Participation Week began with this event to explore the challenges and the benefits of putting people at the centre of our work.

Attendees heard from experts and participated in table discussions about how we can transform public services in Scotland by involving people in the decisions that affect their lives.

Evidence sessions were led by:

  • Andy Williamson of Democritise
  • Oliver Escobar of What Works Scotland
  • Chris Yui of Scottish Centre for Voluntary Organisations.

The event was chaired by Sarah Davidson, Director General Communities at Scottish Government.

Participation Week

Participation Week was a chance for all those involved in public services to learn together about how we involve people more in the development and delivery of policies and services and think about the impact that can make.

It provided space to think about how we put people at the centre of our work, why this matters and explore what we really mean by ‘participation’. As well as an opportunity to share experiences, ideas, tools and techniques, the sessions included conversations about what support is needed to deliver greater participation.


Date: 8 June 2015

Location: Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh