Fife What Works Scotland Area Case Study
Since Fife was chosen as one of four case study areas for What Works Scotland, I've been working closely with Partnership colleagues to decide what our case study should focus on. In broad terms, we aim to look at how we can use local community planning to take forward effective preventative work with families and individuals.
We're currently rolling out an ambitious programme of local community planning (LCP) across seven areas in Fife - with a focus on reducing inequalities and tackling poverty. These seven local community planning areas are coterminous with local service planning arrangements for Fife Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Fife's integrated Health and Social Care Partnership.
At the same time, Fife Council is investing £7.8 million over three years to deliver a transformational change programme, the Family Nurture Approach, with the aim that all children in Fife get the best start in life.
When the invitation to become involved in What Works Scotland came along, we felt this would provide an excellent opportunity for community planning partners to look at how best we can join up local service delivery to break the cycle of disadvantage and low aspirations.
As Fife is both large (population 367,000) and diverse, we decided to focus our work on a single area. We chose Kirkcaldy as it includes some of Fife’s most deprived datazones sitting alongside some of its most affluent areas. Kirkcaldy has already developed a local community plan with a clear focus on families, early years and young people.
As this topic area is probably still too broad for an action research approach, we’ve decided to focus on three local case studies.
- Preventative work in schools to promote positive outcomes for young people;
- The development of family hubs in Linktown/Invertiel and Burntisland; and
- Support for a community hub in Kirkcaldy to mitigate the impact of welfare reform on families and individuals.
- What is needed for effective collaboration with individuals, families and communities?
- How do we work with individuals and families to identify where they want to get to, and how do we measure this?
- How can work carried out in local areas effectively inform work at a strategic level?
Watch this space!