Date: 5 March 2015
Richard Brunner and Nick Watson of What Works Scotland explore the concept of ‘capabilities’ as a framework for public service reform.
The overarching purpose of What Works Scotland is to use evidence to transform public services for all of Scotland’s communities to flourish. To do this, we think it is important to develop and use sound concepts and methods that will enable an understanding of what works, and what doesn’t in public services, that will also incorporate what this means for individuals and communities.
A What Works Scotland working paper, What can the capabilities approach add to policy analysis in high-income countries?, explores how others have used the capabilities approach to evaluate public services.