What does ‘place’ offer to public service development? What Works Scotland’s Claire Bynner examines the role of place-based approaches – what works and what doesn’t.
Author: Dr Claire Bynner, What Works Scotland
Date: 6 December 2016
Prevention, performance, participation, partnership; the four pillars of the Christie Commission are now well-known. But what about ‘place’? What a place means, and to whom and for what reason, is highly contested.
Attention is back on neighbourhoods, community assets and place-based approaches. Place is a popular policy concept – it sounds tangible, immediate and local, and something individuals identify with. But they need to be linked to wider investment and poverty-reduction strategies if the are to make a difference.