Partnership is vital to What Works Scotland.
We bring together researchers with a wide range of expertise and knowledge from the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
We create opportunities for meaningful connections and set up spaces for productive interaction, through collaborative projects and events, between our researchers, local and national partners, and individuals working in public services in Scotland.
We also draw on international evidence and have created links with organisations tackling public service reform agendas in Europe.
Our local partners
We worked with four specific community planning partnerships in Aberdeenshire, Fife, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.
We used a place-based approach to answer these questions working with four community planning partnerships (CPPs) as case studies in a programme of collaborative action research (CAR), evidence synthesis and knowledge to action.
Our national partners
Our national partners are key agencies and centres in Scotland with an expertise and interest in public service reform, and which support the public and third sector workforces.
- Glasgow Centre for Population Health
- Improvement Service
- Inspiring Scotland
- IRISS (Institution for Research and Innovation in Social Services)
- NHS Education for Scotland
- NHS Health Scotland
- NHS Health Improvement Scotland
- Scottish Community Development Centre
- Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
We also regularly work with Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research; the Academy of Government, the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Policy Scotland.
What Works network
What Works Scotland is part of the UK-wide What Works network of seven centres and two affiliates.
Our model for our work, which mirrors the Scottish Approach for public service reform, has been different to that used by the other What Works centres. Our approach is now influencing new centres elsewhere in the UK.