The revised National Standards for Community Engagement. These were developed by What Works Scotland and the Scottish Community Development Centre with a focus on strengthening participation and community engagement, particularly in the context of the Community Empowerment Act.
What Works Scotland and the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) worked together to undertake a full review and refresh of the original National Standards for Community Engagement, published in 2005.
The purpose of the review was to ensure that the Standards were ‘fit for purpose’ with a focus on strengthening participation and community engagement, particularly in the light of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
There are seven Standards:
- Working Together
The review process drew on contributions from a wide range of community organisations, third sector (voluntary) organisations and public sector bodies.
As part of the process, What Works Scotland and the SCDC organised a Policy Reunion, bringing together people who were involved in creating the original standards more than 10 years ago.
The Reunion was attended by a broad range of participants, including Marco Biagi MSP, the former Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, and key people from the early development of the Standards including Alan Barr, Alasdair McKinlay and Tressa Burke who contributed their views and opinions about the process of developing and implementing the Standards over the past 10 years.
- See an article on the What Works Scotland blog by David Allan, SCDC Deputy Director, about the policy reunion.
- See the video on YouTube of the policy reunion discussion
Download the publication
There are more details about the Standards on the National Community Engagement Standards website.
The website also has resources to help groups and organisations use the Standards.
Authors: Published by Scottish Community Development Centre
Type of publication type: Resource
Date of publication: September 2016