What Works Scotland organised a wide variety of events between 2014 and 2018.

These were free to attend and the resources such as presentations and recordings from many of the events published online.

Get these in the past events section of the website. There are also links below to the resources from the last few events of 2018 and 2019.

Past events


The Scottish approach to public service reform: lessons from What Works Scotland seminar

What Works Scotland shared and discussed key learning from the overall What Works Scotland programme, offering an overview of findings from eight areas of research and practice.


Children and young people: using research and evidence to make change happen

This seminar shared the most recent insights and learning on what works in place-based approaches to improving outcomes for children and young people, drawing on findings from two What Works centres: What Works Scotland and the Wales Centre for Public Policy.

Effective leadership and networked governance: Public service and community leadership – What works and why?

A seminar that drew together some of the key findings from the What Works Scotland research on public service and community leadership. This was a forum for discussion and the development of ideas and responses to develop leadership that takes our public services and the leadership agenda to the next level.

Research for Change – Beyond What Works

Conference which explored the role and use of data and evidence as key components in the development, design and delivery of good public services.

Webinar: Transforming communities? Exploring the roles of community anchor organisations in public service reform – supporting, leading and challenging?

This webinar drew from the recent What Works Scotland research report on community-led, holistic community organisations – in particular as community development trusts and community-controlled housing associations.

Empowering People and Places: What Works?

Conference focused on engaging with research insights into what works and what does not, in community empowerment, as well as discussing implications for the future of policy and practice in Scotland.

Webinar: Participatory budgeting and its potential for community empowerment and social justice

This webinar looked at what needs to happen to ensure that the mainstreaming of PB simultaneously carves out space for more complex participatory and deliberative processes in local government decision-making.

All of What Works Scotland past events