David Allan, deputy director at the Scottish Community Development Centre, reflects on the policy reunion event which looked at the National Standards for Community Engagement.
Author: David Allan, Scottish Community Development Centre
Date: 16 September 2015
In early 2015, the Scottish Community Development Centre and What Works Scotland were commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake a full review and refresh of the National Standards for Community Engagement.
The review’s purpose was to ensure that the standards are ‘fit for purpose’ with a focus on strengthening participation and community engagement. The review provided opportunities for a wide range of people to contribute their views, ideas and suggestions for the refreshed standards.
Those attending the reunion talked about what the standards should look like and what they should be for – supporting a rights-based approach to participation, concentrating on the difference that is made through good community engagement, and ensuring the values that underpin community engagement aren’t lost.