Some of the events that What Works Scotland has organised or participated in since 2015.
Speakers’ presentations and event reports are available for some of the events.
The potential of community anchor organisations to engage with, lead and challenge the reform of public services in Scotland
A seminar to share our learnings about community anchors and their role in public service reform. It offered space for dialogue, discussion and deliberation on community anchors, the community sector and their relationship to public service reform.
This seminar, run by What Works Scotland in partnership with ScotPHN and NHS Health Scotland, examined issues around changing the balance of spend for emphasis on prevention and to shift the balance of care away from hospitals into social care in the community. It considered the assumptions around disinvestment, and how to measure and realise potential savings in prevention.
NEW! Watch the video! This webinar was 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.
Taking a Deliberative Approach to Complexity: What can we learn from the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit?
This seminar examined what we can learn from the experience of holding a Citizens’ Assembly about Brexit and consider the role of participatory processes like this in current decision-making in Scotland.
Watch the video of this event, which shared the findings of an evidence review exploring the intersection between community engagement and equality – Video available.
This seminar looked at the role of co-production, its role in reforming public services and how co-production can best be used to help develop sustainable and effective public services. Part of Co-production Week Scotland 2017.
This partnership event with Carnegie UK Trust and the University of Edinburgh discussed the findings of the What Do Citizens Want? research on how support services fit into people’s day to day lives.
This policy seminar explored how we can use evidence to challenge stereotypes and address poverty. It brought together Scottish Government policymakers, third sector actors, and academic researchers working on poverty, and was part of our contributions to Challenge Poverty Week 2017.
Successfully reforming public services calls for a kind of leadership that fosters and promotes partnerships and collaboration within, between and beyond individual services. In this seminar we discussed some of the key concepts that underpin collaborative leadership in public service settings and reflected on what this means for practitioners.
This event, organised by What Works Scotland (WWS) and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), provided 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.
This event, organised by What Works Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, explored the evidence and issues surrounding actions to tackle child poverty locally in Scotland.
This lecture, co-hosted by What Works Scotland, Policy Scotland and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow, marked the launch of Naomi Eisenstadt’s second report to the Scottish Government as Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, which focuses on the life chances of young people in Scotland. The main themes of her report are employment, housing and mental health.
Joint seminar with the Scottish Community Development Centre to hear about, and learn from, the experiences of community-based projects working locally on combating prejudice.
Claudia Chwalisz presented 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. Participants discussed the role that Scotland can play in advancing democratic innovation.
Event related to a forthcoming What Works Scotland report asking what works in place-based economic regeneration in Scotland.
Seminar that explored the place of outcomes-based approaches within public service reform in Scotland and their utility in the process of service reform.
A seminar that drew together a range of key stakeholders to explore and reflect on the implications for the future of scrutiny and inspection in Scotland.
A seminar delivered jointly by NHS Health Scotland and What Works Scotland to explore how we can predict the impact of a greater emphasis on prevention on the demand for health and social care.
Launch of our research report about Centrestage’s innovative food provision programme in some of the most deprived areas of North and East Ayrshire. The programme helps people to access support, address underlying problems, build relationships and develop capacity for community action.
Two events in Clydebank and Dundee with a presentation by Dr Richard Crisp about his report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as well as the opportunity to see other presentations and discuss practice and experiences in community-led approaches to reducing poverty. Get copies of the reports and presentations from the event, and see the reactions and reflections from the attendees.
This seminar was an opportunity to hear about international participatory budgeting experiences and the comparisons with current developments in Scotland.
This seminar presented findings from a qualitative study of young people living in poverty, providing unique insight into their lives. It explored how young people end contact with services, their experiences and views of the ‘transition to adulthood’, and also what triggered, helped and hindered those who were trying to desist from offending.
This seminar summarised recent evidence on the economics of prevention that can be used to help to make these choices and discussed the challenges of developing effective strategies and tools to support prevention, preventative spend and reducing inequalities.
This event hosted by What Works Scotland and the Scottish Co-Production Network launched the book ‘Designing public policy for co-production: Theory, practice and change’, by Catherine Durose, University of Birmingham, and Liz Richardson, University of Manchester.
This seminar from What Works Scotland and Health Economics Network for Scotland explored approaches to priority setting in health and social care, aimed at helping people involved in the development of health and social care partnerships, and working in those partnerships, as they seek to prioritise areas of investment.
This event was the launch of ‘Partnership working in UK public services’, an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland’s Evidence Bank.
This half-day seminar explored the issues and challenges of using different kinds of evidence to inform action to help people in the public or voluntary sectors look at how different kinds of evidence can be used to help plan, design and deliver services and service improvements.
These roadshows by DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) launched a new five-year funded research programme where disabled people, academics and policymakers will work together on projects related to support for independent living.
This event looked at the seemingly contradictory electoral choices made by the Scottish people in the September 2014 independence referendum and the 2015 general election. While dissatisfaction with Westminster and a collapse of trust in representation were key driving forces, what else lay behind these events?
This seminar highlighted the issues involved for public servants presenting a professional face whilst also dealing with the emotional aspects of dealing with real people on a day-to-day basis.
This one-day conference featured leading scholars from Denmark, Netherlands, England and Scotland, sharing and discussing their research, which focuses on ‘people who make a difference in communities’.
What Works Scotland took part in Explorathon 2015 in Glasgow. Explorathon is a European celebration of science and research, with multiple events all on one day.
This seminar with guest speaker Professor Penny Wohlstetter was hosted by the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and What Works Scotland.
This seminar with guest speaker Professor Jim Spillane was hosted by Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.
This workshop, led by What Works Centre for Wellbeing community evidence programme, explored how wellbeing evidence can be useful in the day-to-day work of those working in devolved government, as well as organisations developing and advocating for policy ideas.
This event was an opportunity to look at how a deep sense of political alienation is a fertile breeding ground for populists. There was a focus on the report ‘The Populist Signal’ produced by Claudia Chwalisz for the Policy Network.
This event was co-hosted with Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership with the aims of the day for people working on health and social care integration to understand how the Local Intelligence Support Team can help them to translate information into action to meet local priorities.
At this event, which looked at developing a more responsive state, guest speaker Professor Martha Albertson Fineman explained how her ‘universal vulnerability’ theory could frame arguments to rebut neoliberal emphasis on personal responsibility and individual liberty.
This event was part of the on-going review process of the National Standards for Community Engagement. The Policy Reunion looked back to the origins of the Standards to understand how they came about and take stock of their impact.
This workshop was jointly hosted by the Behaviour, Structure and Interventions (BSI) research network and Policy Scotland. It included an introduction to What Works Scotland and a presentation on capabilities and outcomes.
This launch event for Participation Week explored benefits and challenges of transforming public services in Scotland by involving people in the decisions that affect their lives.
This event was an opportunity to hear about a range of examples of how governments are experimenting with ways to involve people and communities in decisions that affect their lives. and explore how we can apply the learning in our work.
This workshop explored the contribution of co-production to the design, improvement and innovation of public services. It was a forum for discussion on the definition, implementation and outcomes of co-production and to explore the links to service design and innovation.
This Economic and Social Research Council workshop run by Policy Scotland looked at what do we mean by partnership working? What factors lead to partnership breakdown or inertia? What can community and university partnerships contribute?
The event brought together experts from Police Scotland, housing and early years. The discussion focused on how they have achieved a shift to prevention in the design and delivery of their services, what this has meant in terms of the way their services are run and how it has been enacted.
This seminar explored the reform of health and social care services in Norway and Scotland and considered how this learning can help us understand what works in our own local contexts.
This event provided an opportunity to hear about a unique project undertaken by ClimateXChange and the University of Edinburgh which looked at how to directly involve diverse groups of citizens in decision-making on issues that affect them.
The event aimed to help people in the public or voluntary sectors look at how different kinds of evidence can be used to help plan, design and deliver services and service improvements.
This event was co-hosted by What Works Scotland and Health Scotland. The presentations looked at improving health and reducing health inequalities, how economics can provide guidance and a systematic way of thinking about decision-making, and implementing prevention through community planning.
This Policy Scotland Reunion event brought together a panel to discuss the emergence and evolution of Community Planning Partnerships, a cornerstone of public service reforms in Scotland.
This event was an opportunity for people working in the public participation sector in Scotland to share ideas, projects and ambitions, and hopefully develop a better understanding of this ‘community of practice’ in Scotland.