What Works Scotland was set up to inform public service reform in Scotland guided by the 2011 Christie Commission.

In this seminar, What Works Scotland shared and discuseedkey learning from the programme, offering an overview of findings from eight areas of research and practice:

  • Leadership
  • Prevention
  • Evidence
  • Place
  • Participation
  • Partnership
  • Governance
  • Workforce

There were short presentations and group discussions to make sense of the research and consider implications for policy development and frontline practice. This included a panel session involving perspectives from across the public service reform landscape. The purpose was to take stock of where we were in the implementation of the Christie Commission agenda and shed light on priorities for the next stage of public service reform.


What Works Scotland provocations were presented by What Works Scotland co-directors Dr Oliver Escobar and Professor Nick Watson, followed by table discussions based on the provocations, and a question and answer session.

A panel contributed their thoughts for questions and discussion. Panel members included:

  • Fiona Garven, Scottish Community Development Centre
  • Bernadette Monaghan, Glasgow City Council
  • Ruth Wishart (tbc)
  • Laura Turney, Scottish Government

To conclude, two of the What Works Scotland researchers Dr Hayley Bennett and Dr Claire Bynner offered their reflections.


  • The event was held on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow