As chief researcher at the Scottish Government, Zoe Ferguson was instrumental in establishing What Works Scotland. Here, she reflects on the journey so far.
Author: Zoe Ferguson, Scottish Government
Date: 17 June 2015
Zoe first became aware of the What Works network in 2013—an opportunity to boost evidence resources and shine a light on pressing need. The What works approach needed to be distinctive for Scotland—it had to increase the pace and scale of reform agreed through Christie, and focus on how things work, rather than identifying what works.
A key initial challenge for the team has been to understand the strengths of the communities they work with and build the relationships required to effectively co-produce solutions. What is beginning to emerge is conversations and thinking which look a bit different and an acknowledgement of being pushed to think harder and with more active focus on what needs to change and how.