What Works Scotland and the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) are carrying out participatory research with community councillors, support officers and key local and national stakeholders to identify how community councils can have greater relevance and explore what opportunities exist for them to make a difference in the areas they represent.
It’s Challenge Poverty Week intended to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes and share solutions to poverty. Works Scotland will be highlighting our poverty-related research and evidence from the past three years throughout the week.
What Works Scotland co-director Dr Oliver Escobar is to speak at a workshop on the institutionalisation of participatory and deliberative democracy organised by The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London.
Latest in our series of blogs on place-based inequality, in which Dr Jon Minton discusses evidence from a recent study of risk and vulnerability to death in Scotland. The evidence shows that within the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods men are more vulnerable to death by alcohol, suicide or drugs.
What Works Scotland has secured funding for an extra year. This will allow us to consolidate and further spread the learning that we have learnt from our collaborations with organisations and individuals from across the public sector in Scotland.
What Works Scotland co-director Professor Chris Chapman is taking on a new role as Director of Policy Scotland.
The initial report from the First Minister of Scotland’s International Council of Educational Advisors (ICEA) has highlighted the need to focus on cultural change and capacity-building as well as structural reform.
What Works Scotland PhD student Alex Wright has co-authored a paper about taxes on alcohol, tobacco and other unhealthy products. It contains a systematic review of the research on health taxes, and aims to generate insights into how such taxes can: reduce
What Works Scotland is sharing its findings from a trial of a ‘mini-public’ process to enable communities and public services to interact more meaningfully. What Works Scotland joined forces with police, fire and council services in the North East of Scotland to experiment with a citizens’ jury .
The Report on the Scottish Parliament, published this week by the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, includes ideas for democratic innovation based on research and evidence from What Works Scotland.