Report that compiles reflections from the participants in What Works Scotland and shares the learning from the set-up and operation of this innovative, creative and complex research collaboration.
To capture the learning at the conclusion of What Works Scotland, a reflective exercise was undertaken inviting everyone who had played a part in What Works Scotland over its four-year period from the Economic and Social Research Council, the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and the Scottish Government.
The participants were asked to respond to a set of questions via email; or to attend a facilitated reflections event in December 2018. Notes made on the day by the event facilitator and by two scribes were combined with the written responses and analysed.
This short report draws out the key learning from this exercise. It reviews key achievements and summarises the challenges and learning from What Works Scotland.
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Author: Justine Geyer, Principal Researcher, LGAS: Local Governance & Reform Research / HSCA: Population Health, Scottish Government
Type of publication: Report
Date of publication: October 2019
Lessons for public service reform in Scotland, published at the conclusion of the What Works Scotland programme. Eight themes have emerged though the research programme; this report includes key findings which succinctly summarise the current progress in developing and implementing the concepts within each theme.