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April 2017

It’s a bumper newsletter from us for Spring!

We’ve published several new documents and blogs, and our latest events have proved very popular. If you couldn’t get to the events, you can see the presentations on our website with more to come soon.

Latest resources from What Works Scotland

Evaluability Assessment of Thriving Places: a report for Glasgow Community Planning Partnership

Diagram showing the Principles and Outcomes for the Thriving Places initiative in Glasgow


This report describes and explains the evaluability assessment (EA) process used by What Works Scotland to develop and recommend options to evaluate the ten-year area-based initiative Thriving Places in Glasgow.


Latest blog posts

None of us is as smart as all of us!!

The Beyond Action Learning initiative used an action learning set approach and improvement methodologies to support collaborative working between health and social care services in Aberdeenshire. In this guest blog post, Fiona Soutar from NHS Grampian and Jane Warrander from Aberdeenshire Council, reflect on the impact on the staff who took part and on themselves as facilitators.

Paris and participatory budgeting: reflections from an international study visit

See three blogs from participants on a research trip to investigate how the city of Paris manages the mainstreaming of its €500million participatory budgeting programme. Fife and Glasgow Community Planning Partnerships explain what they learnt which is useful for their localities and What Works Scotland offers early insights into how public services in Scotland can learn from international evidence.

What Works Scotland events

We held two ‘sell-out’ events over the last few weeks. You can see presentations and further reflections on the What Works Scotland website.

Prevention and Prediction: Can we predict the impacts of prevention to inform policy and practice?

This seminar, delivered jointly by NHS Health Scotland and What Works Scotland, explored how we can predict the impact of a greater emphasis on prevention on the demand for health and social care.

Public service reform, scrutiny and inspection: Where to next?

The public service reform agenda in Scotland requires services to collaborate more deeply, to rethink ways of working and roles and responsibilities which are not easily captured by traditional models of scrutiny and inspection. This seminar drew together a range of key stakeholders to explore and reflect on the implications for the future of scrutiny and inspection in Scotland.

Outcomes-based Approaches in Public Service Reform

Wednesday 19 April 2017. Glasgow.

This seminar is now fully booked but you can register on Eventbrite to join the waiting list.


Two exciting Research Fellowships available at Edinburgh and Birmingham universities

Closing date: 12 April 2017

The Smart Urban Intermediaries project is seeking two dynamic researchers. The Research Fellows will be part of a transnational team including the University of Edinburgh and Birmingham University (UK), Roskilde University and the Danish Town Planning Institute (Denmark), and Tilburg University (Netherlands).

Part-time, fixed term post: 17.5 hours per week from 1 June 2017 for 28 months.

Three studentships with GCPH and WWS exploring a future healthier social protection system

Closing date: 1 May 2017

Three studentships are now available with What Works Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. The studentships will support the exchange of ideas, debate and fresh thinking among a diverse range of stakeholders engaged with our programmes of work, particularly the poverty, disadvantage and the economy work programme.

The aim of this project is to look beyond the current welfare system and explore what a future healthier social protection system could look like in the 21st century.

See more details and get the application pack

Events and resources from other organisations


  • Border Crossings: Implications for Civil Society in a ‘Dis’-United Kingdom

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network is holding a day-long seminar in Glasgow on Thursday 18 May to consider consider the implications of changing relationships within the UK and with Europe for the third sector and civil society. Claire Bynner from What Works Scotland will speak on Civilities, local hierarchies and bridging divides in a super-diverse neighbourhood. Book on the Voluntary Sector Studies Network website


  • The Public Policy Institute for Wales has published a new study (PDF) showing that growth sectors have a significant impact on poverty but need to be part of a wider economic approach which considers place specific factors.
  • The Pilotlight project – a five year programme funded by the Scottish Government as part of the implementation of self-directed support – has been completed by Iriss. You can see the tools resources and a video summarising the project on the Pilotlight website.
  • The final resources from Threading the Needle – a Scottish Government funded programme to support health and social care commissioners in Glasgow, Fife, North Ayrshire and Perth and Kinross to use third sector evidence to commission outcomes for health and social careare now on the Evaluation Support Scotland website.

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