An introduction to What Works Scotland’s lessons for public service reform in Scotland, published at the conclusion of the four-year programme, and the report to download.
Report from the Scottish Community Development Centre and What Works Scotland explores the role and relevance of community councils in Scotland’s evolving policy context, especially as public service reform continues through the Scottish Government’s Local Governance Review.
This research explores how key stakeholders and potential users of the Participation Request mechanism articulate and frame the associated challenges and opportunities. The Scottish Government introduced a new process for community engagement, known as Part 3 (Participation Requests) of the
Report and executive summary of the findings from the second survey of community planning officials in Scotland, conducted in 2018. It compares the results to those from the 2016 survey and offers an overview of key dynamics, challenges and accomplishments over those two years, with a particular focus on the Community Empowerment Act.
What Works Scotland is sharing knowledge about ways of enabling communities to make their voice heard, take part in decision-making and generate constructive dialogue from differing viewpoints as part of a global campaign starting tomorrow (16 November 2018). Speak! 2018
Link to a film on facilitation training in Aberdeenshire, a workshop aimed at developing people’s skills, to enable them to work more effectively with their local communities and achieve better engagement with all populations.
Resources about participatory governance in Scotland, including community councils, mini-publics, citizens’ juries, and involvement in democracy.
Insights into co-production of public services, including analysis of successful examples and reflections on issues and opportunities in co-production.
Resources and research to support community engagement including the national standards, issues of inequality, and developing skills for facilitating meaningful and useful engagement.
About participation requests and their role in community empowerment and making improvements to public services.