Professor Nick Bland was a co-director of What Works Scotland until September 2017 and led on the Spread and Sustainability workstream. He is now at the Scottish Government.
Nick was the lead for the case site work with Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership which is examining the critical dimensions which influence how effective change and improvement initiatives can be ‘spread’ from one context to another, and can be ‘scaled-up’ as a contributor to system-level change.
He also explored collaborative leadership and workforce development.
A Visiting Professor at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Nick has 20 years experience in social and public policy as a researcher, research funder and practitioner in both United Kingdom and Scottish governments.
What Works Scotland Publications
- Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform (June 2016, August 2017) – co-authored
- Pioneering Collaborative Leadership: A Facilitated Approach for Learning in Action (July 2017)
- Learning about community capacity-building from the Community Links Worker approach in Insch, Aberdeenshire (2013-16): a collaborative action research enquiry (cycle 1) (November 2016) – Co-authored
- Practising Collaborative Leadership: Reflection and Learning from the Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme (June 2016) – Co-authored
- Scoping Report from the Aberdeenshire CPP and What Works Scotland’s Collaborative Learning Day on 8 December 2015: What does it mean to put ‘Christie’ into action? (June 2016) – Co-authored
- Collaborative Action Retreat Report – Summary of retreat held in June 2015 (October 2015) – Co-authored
What Works Scotland blog posts
- Systems thinking: Reimagining public services to tackle inequality (September 2016)
- I can’t believe it’s not better (June 2015)
See more about Nick and his work on the University of Edinburgh’s Social and Political Sciences website