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 will share and discuss key 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 will be short presentations and group discussions to make sense of the research and consider implications for policy development and frontline practice. This will include a panel session involving perspectives from across the public service reform landscape. The purpose is to take stock of where we are 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 will be 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 will then also contribute their thoughts for questions and discussion. Panel members will include:

  • 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 will offer their reflections.


  • Date:Tuesday, 21 May 2019
  • Time: 9.30am – 1pm
  • Location:The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Registration is from 9.30am. The formal programme runs from 10am to 1pm and is followed by a networking lunch.

This event is free but places are limited so please register on Eventbrite to confirm your booking.