6 December 2016

Why place?

Prevention, performance, participation, partnership; the four pillars of the Christie Commission are now well-known. But what about ‘place’? 

Here What Works Scotland Research Associate Claire Bynner examines the role of place-based approaches, what ‘place’ offers to public service development and delivery, and also what it doesn’t. 

This blog post is the first in a short series about place-based approaches.

15 November 2016

Participation and representation in Scotland’s third sector interfaces – a new model?

What Works Scotland has been working with the third sector to develop a vision to re-imagine community planning in Scotland. 

Here Jane Cullingworth, a What Works Scotland PhD student, reports on how this process has contributed to a new model of third sector representation, now being piloted by Strive in East Lothian.  

2 November 2016

Making data meaningful in West Dunbartonshire

A What Works Scotland research project is examining how evidence is being used in West Dunbartonshire to make decisions, and how evidence could be made more useful for community planning partners and local communities. 

In this blog What Works Scotland research associate Anna Terje introduces the project and the background to it.

20 October 2016

What is the future of ‘doing good’ in the UK?

The Big Lottery Fund is hosting events across the UK to stimulate discussion on its recent report The Future of 'Doing Good' in the UK.  

Jane Cullingworth, a What Works Scotland PhD student, reports back on the Big Lottery Fund's recent think piece and an event that brought people together to talk about the future of 'doing good'.


12 October 2016

Time for change – a delegate’s response to Community-led Approaches to Reducing Poverty


The opportunity to discover more about community-led approaches to reducing poverty brought around 70 people to two What Works Scotland seminars in Clydebank and Dundee.

What did they think of the event and what thoughts and emotions did it provoke?  

We asked one of the attendees at the Clydebank session - Pam Dawson - to write a blog with her response to the event.