This webinar – an online seminar – is 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. 

The full report, Community Planning Officials Survey: Understanding the everyday work of local participatory governance in Scotland, will be made available in the What Works Scotland website.

Dr Oliver Escobar, lead researcher on the survey, will present the findings in detail, reflecting specifically on the challenging aspect of the role of community planning officials (managers and officers) –  their leadership at the frontline of culture change in local governance. The survey examines the skills and knowledge that people bring to the community planning role and the structural issues that have an impact on the job.

Community planning has only been part of the public sector landscape for around 20 years. However that has been a time of huge change in the governmental structures, funding and ways of working. The latest new facet for community planning, and the public and third sectors more widely, is the Community Empowerment Act; we’ll look at what the survey tells us about the challenges and opportunities that brings. What does it mean for joint working, decision-making and governance?

The event will consist of:

  • Presentation by Dr Oliver Escobar about the findings from the survey
  • Question and answer / discussion session  – via video/audio connections, or using messaging.

More details

  • Date: Tuesday 24 April, 2018. Starting at 1pm, the session will last an hour and 15 minutes.
  • Location: Online.

Places are free; please register on Eventbrite.

Accessing the webinar

We shall be using the GoToMeeting online system. We are aware that for some people this may not be accessible due to the local IT policies.

For those people who can’t log on we shall record the session and publish it as a video online. We shall then run another Q&A – details to be announced.

Guidance on using GoToMeeting is available online: Test if it will work for you

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