Author: Anna Terje, What Works Scotland
Date: 2 November 2016
This blog post looks at a What Works Scotland research project which examines how evidence is used in West Dunbartonshire to make decisions and how it could be made more useful for community planning partners and local communities.
What Works Scotland is working with people in West Dunbartonshire to understand more about how public service reform is being put in place.
Research associate Anna Terje writes about how evidence is used in decision making, what kinds of evidence are valuable and reliable and the role of context when it comes to turning evidence into action. The aim was to share the knowledge with study participants so they could use it in future to give public service reform a local focus. It provides not only an increased understanding of how evidence is used and not used in West Dunbartonshire, but also of the issues faced in implementing public service reform more widely.