This Policy Reunion was part of the on-going review process of the National Standards for Community Engagement and this event looked back to the origins of the Standards to understand how they came about and take stock of their impact.

The purpose was to:

  • explore the context and aspirations that motivated the development of the Standards a decade ago,
  • discuss their impact on community engagement practice
  • draw lessons to review the Standards and consider their future role.

The event was opened by Marco Biagi MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, when the Standards were introduced.

The panel members were:

  • Alan Barr, retired Co-Director, Scottish Community Development Centre
  • Alasdair McKinlay, Head of Community Planning Scottish Government
  • Tressa Burke, chief executive officer of Glasgow Disability Alliance

The event was facilitated by Oliver Escobar from What Works Scotland


Date: 28 August 2015



See an article on the What Works Scotland blog by David Allan, SCDC Deputy Director, about the policy reunion.


The revised National Standards for Community Engagement were published on 29 September 2016

See the What Works Scotland news article for more information