What Works Scotland Centre

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Social & Political Sciences

Abstract

What Works Scotland will be a collaborative centre bringing together staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, other academics and key non-academic partners. Its aim is to support the use of evidence to plan and deliver sustained and transformative change based on agreed outcomes at all levels with a particular focus on the local. There is a particular focus on promoting the systematic use of evidence in the design, reform and delivery of public services.
Examination of what works and what does not will take place in the context of the Scottish model, an approach to policy development that, while not unique, differs considerably from elsewhere in the UK. The team has adopted a demand led and collaborative approach and will work with a range of third sector organisations, different levels of central and local government and with Community Planning Partnerships to generate an evidence culture involving feedback, improvement methodology and expert support.
The Christie Commission identified a range of problems facing Scotland including demographic change, economic and fiscal challenges, inter-institutional relationships and endemic long-term 'wicked issues'. It has also been estimated that in Scotland over 40 per cent of public service expenditure is the result of preventable issues. The Scottish model of public service delivery aims to ensure that services are designed for and with communities.
This 'deliberative public policy analysis' demands that communities and those who design services are aware of best practice and evidence. The Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) are key to the delivery of these services with a focus on 'voice' through participatory, collective, decision-making, planning and delivery in the context of targets set by National Government. A key challenge for each CPP is to articulate its Single Outcome Agreement and relate this to both the outcomes set out in the National Performance Framework. However, a common criticism of the CPPs is that the implementation of the model so far has been limited and patchy.
The focus of WWS will on the four key questions identified in the call:
- How can we take what we know from individual projects and interventions and translate this into system-wide change?
- What is working (or not working), and why, at the different levels of delivery and reform and at the interface between those levels? How do we identify actions which can be taken in communities, at CPP and the national levels to improve impact?
- What does the evidence (including international) say about large-scale reform programmes that have succeeded or failed and the impact they had in a system-wide context?
- Why do results vary geographically and between communities, and how can we balance local approaches with ensuring spread of what works?
A wide range of methods - qualitative and qualitative - will be employed. The capabilities approach will provide the overarching framework. Originally developed by Amartya Sen, capabilities are in widespread use across the globe and underpin the work of a variety of organisations. It is a useful corrective to top down economic evaluations and fits well with the Scottish deliberative approach. We will develop the Capabilities framework and combine it with the outcomes-based National Performance Framework, ensuring that the Scottish model is intellectually grounded and contributes to broader international debates on these matters.
We will have 3 workstreams: evidence into action; outcomes and capabilities; and spread, sustainability and scaling up. We will employ a range of methodologies including case studies collaborative action research, contribution analysis, elite interviews and content analysis, cost effectiveness and evaluation. WWS will focus on four case studies of key CPPS and work with them to help them change their core business processes within priority areas in four CPPs and will aim to achieve lasting impact.

Planned Impact

The What Works Scotland proposal has impact built into the way it will operate throughout and our aim is to make the What Works Approach an essential part of policy-making and delivery in Scotland with lessons for policy-makers and those engaged in delivering services beyond Scotland. The proposed approach builds on local collaborative learning to develop an understanding of what works. It will then create channels for wider sharing and sustainability allowing us to achieve lasting impact. The WWS draws on our own extensive experience of knowledge exchange and knowledge to action. In particular it builds on effective knowledge exchange processes developed through running research centres such as the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships which has built up expertise in creating and assessing impact over 12 years. By growing and improving the evidence base on effective policy interventions and working with a range of organisation designing and delivering public services in Scotland to promote the use of evidence in practice, the outputs of WWS will impact directly on a range of different groups of people including:
1. Community Planning Partnerships and the National Community Planning Group.
2. Other public sector, third sector and other organisations and businesses charged with designing and delivering effective and efficient services in Scotland.
3. Elected representatives including community councillors, local authority councillors, Members of the Scottish Parliament, and Members of Parliament.
4. Professional associations and bodies engaged in policy making and delivery, including the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the various professional networks involved in CPPs.
5. Members of local communities with an interest in specific WWS topics.
Through their engagement with WWS case study areas will:
* Have a clearer understanding of their local area, local needs, what is and isn't working
* Have mechanisms in place for utilising the best evidence to inform planning and service delivery
* Have increased capacity to generate, use and interpret evidence, including increased evaluation capacity.
* Have a better understanding of the barriers and enablers of delivering effective services to meet local needs.

Wider stakeholders will:
* Have access to mechanisms for utilising the best evidence to inform planning and service delivery to enable better services
* Learn about what does and doesn't work in different context in Scotland and internationally, and be able to draw on successful models and processes to improve the delivery of services
* Understand what is required to deliver effective services from the learning and sharing from WWS

At the end of three years WWS will have embedded:
* New innovative ways of planning and delivering services, some of which will have been picked up by our sustainability partners
* An Evidence Bank, that will be maintained beyond the initial project
* A Knowledge broker network that will sustain knowledge to action capacity in the system
* Networks between localities for learning and sharing that will help sustain new approaches that have been developed.

Organisations

 
Description A key outcome of our work has been to develop an understanding of people's everyday practices in working in the public sector. Through our collaborative approach to research we have been able to cast a light on their their daily policy work and how this is being changed as a result of the newly emerging multi-agency, collaborative contexts that make up the modern public sector environment. We have been able to explore governance, leadership, integration evaluation and implementation to contextualise these.
Exploitation Route By developing a bottom up approach to studying system wide change we have been able to show how individuals grapple with and translate evidence and research into what are for them practical and meaningful solutions. The embedded nature of our approach has pointed new ways of working with public services and with the study of implementation and putting evidence into action.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/
 
Description To date we have published 21 working papers/evidence reviews and have organized over 30 conferences, workshops and seminars and spoken at over 20 other events. Key highlights from the various work streams identified in our work plan include: 1. Collaborative Action Research Our first year's work has focused on establishing and developing work with our core partners in the CPP case studies. In each CPP we have carried out a range of activities including facilitating and convening meetings, providing evidence and data analysis, training and carrying out evidence reviews. Key projects in each CPP include: Aberdeenshire - Rurality and its interface with Christie, communication and partnership working, health and social care integration and community capacity building. Fife - Developing joint working to tackle deprivation, poverty and inequality and the development of new, local initiatives including establishing a family hub, welfare reform and developing an early intervention project for teenagers in education. Glasgow - In-work poverty and Thriving Places, an area-based approach to improving social justice outcomes. Other work includes an evaluation programme, participatory budgeting, sanctions, breakfast clubs, school holidays for low income families and co-production. West Dunbartonshire - Neighbourhood Management and tackling children's inequalities and in-work poverty, through the development of responsive and asset-based services and approaches and the co-production of neighbourhood profiles. Our interventions in the CPPs are already having impact and changing the way the CPPs are working and there are a number of cross cutting themes emerging, including implementing and operationalising The Christie Commission recomendations; partnership working; workforce, leadership and culture change and methodological issues. These themes will be further explored in the year ahead. 2. Evidence to Action (E2A) An E2A working group has been established bringing together interested parties from the NHS (NESS, HIS, Health Scotland, ISD) local authorities and the third sector (Evaluation Support Scotland, the Knowledge Hub, SCVO and IRISS). The group is now mapping the evidence resources, promoting new partnerships and exploring how best to deliver systematic reviews that are accessible and help our understanding of how people use evidence to develop and deliver services. Two papers on E2A have been produced 3. Capabilities We have produced a document highlighting the relationship between Capabilities and Christie and have started on a broad range of discussions around capabilities and the National Performance Framework. This stream will recommence after the Scottish Elections. 4. Community engagement and capacity building In collaboration with the Scottish Community Development Centre we have produced new National Standards for Community Engagement. We have also worked with Glasgow Centre for Population Health to develop new guidelines around participatory budgeting and with the Third Sector Interface documenting on their perspectives on representation in the CPP. 5. Evaluation approaches The development of appropriate approaches to evaluation has been a core component and we have explored the use of Evaluability Assessment (EA) to support planning. We have successfully engaged Glasgow CPP and local decision-makers in an EA of Glasgow's Thriving Places initiative to elicit a theory of change, identify and prioritise outcomes, appraise evaluation options and recommend a preferred approach to evaluation. 6. Governance We have carried out the first survey of Community Planning Officials across Scotland. The survey, which closed on 15/02/16 with over a 60% return from 30 of the 32 CPPs will deepen our existing understanding of the community of practice across the country. The analysis will allow the exploration of issues ranging from workforce needs and morale, to community engagement, partnership working, evidence use and leadership, as well as broader questions about public sector reform and the current financial climate. The report is expected in June 2016. 6. Improvement and effectiveness We have produced a document on improvement and effectiveness and how this is linked to evidence into action. These documents framed a 'State of the Art' symposium at the 29th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement in Glasgow dressed by both the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning. This is now being developed with an emphasis on improvement science and public service scrutiny 7. Leadership We have captured key learning from The Pioneer Leadership program and have held a series of meetings with key stakeholders to explore the feasibility of establishing an 'Institute for Public Service Leadership'. We have also carried out a market analysis of the demand for a research-based professional learning opportunity for first and second tier (CEO/Director). On the back of this we have developed and launched an MPhil to PhD programme specifically designed to meet the needs of senior public service leaders. 8. Prevention Working in partnership with Health Scotland we have organised three seminars on the economics of prevention and have given evidence to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament. Prevention is a key element of our involvement in the CPPs and has become a key cross cutting workstream, especially in the Case Study work. 9. Spread and sustainability We have published an evidence review on Spread and Sustainability and this has formed the basis of a framework for implementing spread. Work is ongoing with Aberdeen CPP trialing this framework with practitioners. Key risks and challenges to our work identified to date are around the precarious nature of local authority funding and the possibilities of cuts to council services. Many of the staff we are working with are either on insecure or short term contracts and staff changes and changes in staff roles are common. IMPACT is built into our methodology and over the last 12 months we have worked with a range of partners on local and national issues and have developed local collaborative learning to better understand what works and what does not work in public service reform. We have become embedded in very complex policy settings and this has allowed us to drive through our impact and to directly affect the way our partners are operating. We have also involved our national delivery partners to promote change on the way they work across Scotland as a whole. We have chosen the following two examples because they demonstrate impact at two levels, one at the level of the CPP the other with a national delivery organisation. 1) What Works in Community Profiling West Dunbartonshire CPP Strategic Outcome Agreement for 2014 included a specific commitment to develop a neighbourhood based approach to service design and delivery with the aim of both improving service delivery and promoting community engagement. The approach, known as Your Community, involves a process of 'community profiling' and includes gathering data and local intelligence from local services/ agencies and conducting a community survey. We are working with the CPP to develop the skills and capacity of local staff to generate local indicators at varying geographic scales in response to the need for a more localised approach to community planning. The outcome of this work will be a bespoke set of indicators for neighbourhoods in West Dunbartonshire which enable better planning and service provision. We are working in collaboration with Glasgow Centre for Population Health, (GCPH) and Information Services Division (ISD), both of whom have also committed funding to this project. To date we have worked with the CPP staff to identify potential indicators, develop templates for indicators and provide training/ peer support to the staff. This work is already starting to have impact across Scotland and key elements are now being rolled through ISD's national programme of work with CPPs. The key contribution of WWS to this development has been noted by Manira Ahmad, Head of Local Intelligence Planning, Performance & Business Development NHS National Services Scotland: "WWS have given us the predictive analysis of context. We couldn't have done it for ourselves - we needed that". 2) National Standards for Community Engagement To help Scotland meet the demands for greater community engagement and participation envisaged by the Community Empowerment Scotland Act we have worked with the Scottish Community Development Centre and the Scottish Government to carry out a full review of the National Standards for Community Engagement. We worked to bring together a range of interested parties including CPPs. SCVO, VOiCE (Visioning Outcomes in Community Engagement) users and Community Learning and Development Lead Officers to new standards. The new version of the National Standards will be based on this broad ranging consultation and will be launched in the spring to and will accompany forthcoming guidance on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. This will have impact across a range of sectors including CPPs, leaders and community engagement practitioners in the public and third sectors. These groups will be the primary users of the Standards, and these will inform strategies and practices across a wide range of organisations.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services
 
Description Advice to Scottish Government on Participation Duty, Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Citation of working paper in the background to the roundtable: Enabling environment for place-based approaches and
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The impact is to deepen understanding of what it means to create an enabling environment for place-based approaches. This is a collaboration of high level organisations including civil servants from the Scottish Government, Lloyds TSB foundation for Scotland, Joseph Rowntree foundation and Lankelly Chase.
 
Description Collaborative Masters Dissertations programme
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact WWS has initiated a programme of collaborative dissertation opportunities for Masters students in Health and Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Through our work in Thriving Places areas of high multiple deprivation in Glasgow, we have brought local public service practitioners into the University to present on their Thriving Places work to Masters students and, with WWS support, to encourage students to do their dissertation fieldwork in Thriving Places, so contributing to the evidence base for the work in those areas (including through writing a Lay Report as part of the dissertation) and building the relationship between the University and some of Glasgow's poorest areas. Academic supervisors also become more informed about Thriving Places and the initiative is seeking sustainability through the involvement of Emma Smith, Work Related Learning Opportunities Co-ordinator, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. One collaborative dissertation was completed in 2016 (url as below), its evidence has been used by health and community workers to influence other public services on the benefit of the Thriving Places approach. One of the practitioners wrote to the student: 'Everyone involved has been really impressed with your enthusiasm and professionalism. It isn't easy to come into an area and a community such as [anonymised] and to be accepted and trusted in the way you have the evaluation methods and approach you took have been enthusiastically received and truly appreciated.' This initiative therefore impacts on University Masters supervisors in health and social sciences, on the research options for individual students, and on areas of multiple deprivation in Glasgow. Six more students are preparing collaborative dissertations in 2017.
URL http://endeavour.gla.ac.uk/123/1/2016McLarenMSc_dissertation.pdf
 
Description Community Conversations that Matter workshop for practitioners in West Dunbartonshire
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This course was extremely well received and lead to an idea developed by local practitioners and the WWS research to develop a Training for Trainers course that would allow the local Council to provide training to their workforce and partners in skills in facilitative leadership - dialogue and deliberation. Feedback from a local service manager: "I think the Training for Trainers is an excellent idea, and apart from all the reasons we discussed yesterday it would give us something concrete and useful to offer to partners and services. Hopefully would also give more depth to our community engagement, and the understanding of what we're trying to do. " (Janice Winder)
 
Description Community Profiles
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Community Profiles The project started in Sept 2015 and the first set of profiles was published in June 2016, along with a 'how to' guide produced in collaboration with West Dunbartonshire community planning staff. Notes from WWS/ WD meeting 18/8/2016 Amanda Coultard the local Community planning Manager said that the profiles are helping the Council to build a more holistic picture of the needs in areas and are helping them to have more aspirational discussions about what they can do to improve neighbourhoods. Elected members love the new interactive profiles and are using them on their mobile phones. So far, the reactions to the community profiles have been cautiously positive. Many of the local staff interviewed by WWS saw the profiles as relevant to people working on a strategic level - many on the strategic level saw them as relevant to policy makers.
 
Description Glasgow Community Planning Partnership - Thriving Places theory of change
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact WWS staff facilitated an evaluability assessment process with approx. 24 multi-agency public services staff in Glasgow to create a Theory of Change and recommend an evaluation approach to Thriving Places (a Glasgow approach to tackling multiple deprivation in the poorest areas over ten years), A theory of change diagram was produced on the basis of what public services workers said were the principles and ten-year outcomes sought through TP, this process and outcomes seeking to unify understanding of the TP process across the city. The diagram has been widely circulated across public services workers in Glasgow and presented at local Thriving Places meetings. A report on the process will be published on the WWS website shortly. Participants' views of the EA process included: 'it was facilitated and led [by] What Works Scotland Participants all had the opportunity to contribute there was the opportunity for disagreement in places to be resolved and commonality and understanding to be achieved it was collaborative.'; 'we're trying to deal with quite complex concepts that need to be expressed simply and that it was an exercise that supported that. I think it was really useful'; 'I think that was really good for trying to get us in a positon across the city to say that we agreed with what those principles were and of the language used and that they were representative of what the different agencies were trying to achieve.'; and 'we have used some of the core principles and key outcomes that were brought up in planning sessions with the local Thriving Places partner groups.'
 
Description Lloyds TSB Foundation Scotland Place-based Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Influence on planning place-based approaches for Lloyds TSP staff. Provision of references to useful literature and advice on how to conduct a contextual analysis of a locality.
 
Description Member National Advisory Group for DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living & Learning)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.drilluk.org.uk/about-disability-research-on-independent-living-and-learning-drill/scotlan...
 
Description Member- Participatory Budgeting Working Group at Scottish Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The Working Group has been instrumental in developing a large training programme in 20 Local Authority Areas in Scotland, followed by further investment of £500,000 by the Scottish Government in match-funding for Local Authorities implementing Participatory Budgeting processes. Currently, a new support fund of £100,000 for digital participation within these processes is under review, and a new £2 million fund for PB has been announced as part of the Community Choices programme. There is also a new dedicated website to support this new community of practice across the country: http://pbscotland.scot International evidence on PB suggests that it can help to address complex societal problems, although results vary from country to country, with Brazil being the most successful case and European cases being more ambivalent on the benefits of PB. We are currently conducting a series of evaluations and reviews to assess the actual impact of PB in Scotland, so we should have more robust evidence in due course.
URL http://pbscotland.scot
 
Description New National Standards for Community Engagement to accompany guidance on the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.scdc.org.uk/news/article/review-national-standards-community-engagement
 
Description Oral and written evidence on Preventative Spend to Scottish Parliament Finance Committee, March 2015
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Finance_Meeting_papers.pdf
 
Description Participation in the Scottish government's working group on place-based approaches to tackling inequality and contribution to developing a definition of a place-based approach
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Regional events on well-being assessment for Public Services Boards, Wales (Cardiff and Wrexham) November 2016
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Two plenary sessions, jointly delivered between Dr Claire Bynner and Dr Richard Brunner to 100 (Cardiff) and 50 (Wrexham) Public Services Boards practitioners and policymakers, including local government, health, fire and rescue and Natural Resources Wales (the statutory bodies which make up the core PSB) and Welsh Government Social Researchers. Invited by the Welsh Government's Partnerships and Transformation Division/Social Research and Information Division. Timed to influence the Public Services Boards implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015), the Act requiring each PSB to prepare and publish an 'Assessment of Local Well-being' by May 2017. Plenaries presented the WWS model of joint working between academia and public services; the WWS Collaborative Action Research model, examples of practice from WWS including the use of community profiles, contribution analysis and evaluability assessment. Jamie Smith, Knowledge and Analytical Services Welsh Government, who coordinated the invitation said: 'Can I once again offer my thanks on behalf of us all for the very huge contribution you made to yesterday's and last week's events. The people I spoke to afterwards thought there was a lot we can learn from and possibly put into practice of our What Works plans come to fruition. Once again, the CAR work, the community profiles and the contribution analysis struck a strong chord with the audience. I hope you feel your time was well spent, because you definitely made the impact I envisaged you would.'
 
Description Senior Academic Advisor, Scottish Government Attainment Challenge
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Ahead Project - pilot programme funded by NHS Ayrshire and Arran, which uses an asset-based community development model with the aim of improving long-term community health and wellbeing.
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation NHS Ayrshire and Arran 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2017
 
Description Building Connections Project
Amount £61,000 (GBP)
Organisation Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2016 
End 08/2017
 
Description Children's Neighbourhoods: Developing a shared vision and approach in Glasgow
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Glasgow Impact Acceleration Award 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 02/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Developing Community Leadership
Amount £6,000 (GBP)
Organisation Glasgow Community Planning Partneship 
Sector Public
Country Unknown
Start 12/2014 
End 03/2016
 
Description The review of the National Standards for Community Engagement
Amount £43,800 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Government 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 04/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation Fife Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation Foundation Scotland
Country Unknown 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Department Democratic Services
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation NG Homes
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation West Dunbartonshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event, Perth, 23-24 Feb 2016 
Organisation West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution WWS invited 21 selected participants who were active and key to the progress of the WWS Collaborative Action Research work in the four partner sites. Twenty-one practitioners working for local authorities, housing associations, third sector organisations, and health services participated. Eight WWS staff from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus two PhD students attached to WWS, were involved in organising, facilitating, presenting and recording the event. WWS informed participants in advance that the event was designed to achieve particular learning outcomes that were core to developing the CAR approach, supporting participants' local inquiry work, and achieving the wider WWS project objectives. The event sought to enable partners: To understand and influence national-level learning emerging from the WWS work with the four CPPs; To increase participants' understanding of the Collaborative Action Research/Collaborative Inquiry process being led by WWS; To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing changes in your CPP as a result of partners' local work with WWS; To learn about the local work being done with WWS by fellow practitioners working in the three other CPPs; Intensive training to enhance partners' skills in community engagement and partnership working. The event also sought for partners to understand and influence what WWS is starting to learn from our work with the partners. The event included training on facilitation skills (Oliver Escobar WWS); evaluation methods (Peter Craig WWS); and spread and scale (Nick Bland WWS) and knowledge that will enrich your community engagement and partnership working. The event lasted two days and consisted of a range of dynamic, innovative activities, some co-produced with the participants. All participants were briefed in advance that they would be expected to make an impact back in the CPPs by preparing in Perth to feed back their learning from the event and influence CAR group colleagues or strategic individuals in their CPP. The underpinning aim of the event was to encourage participants from across the CPPs to meet, talk and share learning, seeking to develop a fledgling Community of Practice amongst the participants ('groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger, 2006)). WWS conceptualised the event (led by Richard Brunner WWS), organised the venue and logistics (led by Lynda Fraser WWS), paid for the whole event, and facilitated the event - except where we had organised activities to be specifically led by partners, where instead we mentored them to do this. WWS (led by Richard Brunner with Hayley Bennett, James Henderson and Claire Bynner WWS) wrote an end-of-event report demonstrating the learning from the event in terms of CAR in practice; public service reform; fostering a community of practice and how practitioners work with evidence; and the outcomes of the evaluation of the event.
Collaborator Contribution In advance of the event partners from Glasgow, Fife, West Dunbartonshire and Aberdeenshire prepared presentations on their collaborative action research projects which they were doing with WWS. At the event they each presented four times to other participants. All participants were given time away from work to attend the event.
Impact Event report "Challenge current practice and assumptions! Make waves!!" published by WWS. After the event insights from Perth were shared by participants in CAR group meetings in all four partner CPPs, and with other local colleagues in at least three of the CPPs. Some Community of Practice relationships were generated across the four CPPs (for example between Fife and Glasgow on Participatory Budgeting, which later fed into a joint visit to Paris to explore PB).
Start Year 2016
 
Description 'Think Yes' Programme 
Organisation Glasgow Housing Association, The Wheatley Group
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We hosted a seminar on the think yes programme with GHA and then wrote web-based outputs that led to ongoing interest from other partners e.g. Scottish Government and Voluntary Action Scotland. This has stimulated wider interest in workforce development and culture change in public service organisations (through the empowerment of the front line).
Collaborator Contribution GHA explained the evolution and impact of the think yes campaign in a seminar and in supporting documents and then approved out outputs associated with this work - with a view to sharing and evolving the ideas contained within think yes (e.g. the leadership thinker David Marquet).
Impact Round table discussion between Wheatley Group members and Academics Blog published
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership and What Works Scotland: 'Putting Christie into Action' 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership
Department Translational Immunology Department
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating a range of collaborative inquiring activity in relation to 'Putting Christie into Action' : including -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers; -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation); -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention); Participatory Discussions Groups (Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan; Comunity Capaicty-Building; Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry); -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' Note: Aberdeenshire CPP includes approx. 15 partner organisations approx. with key ones here: Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Aberdeen Voluntary Action, and Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships.
Collaborator Contribution Participation across the collaborative inquiring activities listed above: -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers ... 9 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation) ... approx. 35 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention) ... approx. 45 participants -Participatory Discussions Groups: ...Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan - 9 participants; ...Comunity Capaicty-Building - 10 participants ...Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry - 3 participants -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' (5 participants so far)
Impact Range of events as listed above. Multi-disciplinary as illustrated by the CPP partners liisted in (3) above across a range of public sector organisations and services, and third sector bodiies. Outcomes so far relate to improving knowledge across the CPP, both centrally and locally, of present understandings of partnership-working, community participation, preventing inequalities and improving performance - both local knowledge and practice and national aspirations for policy and practice. A Draft Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' is currently being co-produced: participatory consultation and then dissemination will follow.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership and What Works Scotland: 'Putting Christie into Action' 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating a range of collaborative inquiring activity in relation to 'Putting Christie into Action' : including -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers; -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation); -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention); Participatory Discussions Groups (Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan; Comunity Capaicty-Building; Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry); -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' Note: Aberdeenshire CPP includes approx. 15 partner organisations approx. with key ones here: Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Aberdeen Voluntary Action, and Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships.
Collaborator Contribution Participation across the collaborative inquiring activities listed above: -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers ... 9 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation) ... approx. 35 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention) ... approx. 45 participants -Participatory Discussions Groups: ...Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan - 9 participants; ...Comunity Capaicty-Building - 10 participants ...Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry - 3 participants -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' (5 participants so far)
Impact Range of events as listed above. Multi-disciplinary as illustrated by the CPP partners liisted in (3) above across a range of public sector organisations and services, and third sector bodiies. Outcomes so far relate to improving knowledge across the CPP, both centrally and locally, of present understandings of partnership-working, community participation, preventing inequalities and improving performance - both local knowledge and practice and national aspirations for policy and practice. A Draft Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' is currently being co-produced: participatory consultation and then dissemination will follow.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership and What Works Scotland: 'Putting Christie into Action' 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating a range of collaborative inquiring activity in relation to 'Putting Christie into Action' : including -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers; -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation); -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention); Participatory Discussions Groups (Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan; Comunity Capaicty-Building; Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry); -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' Note: Aberdeenshire CPP includes approx. 15 partner organisations approx. with key ones here: Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Aberdeen Voluntary Action, and Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships.
Collaborator Contribution Participation across the collaborative inquiring activities listed above: -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers ... 9 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation) ... approx. 35 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention) ... approx. 45 participants -Participatory Discussions Groups: ...Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan - 9 participants; ...Comunity Capaicty-Building - 10 participants ...Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry - 3 participants -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' (5 participants so far)
Impact Range of events as listed above. Multi-disciplinary as illustrated by the CPP partners liisted in (3) above across a range of public sector organisations and services, and third sector bodiies. Outcomes so far relate to improving knowledge across the CPP, both centrally and locally, of present understandings of partnership-working, community participation, preventing inequalities and improving performance - both local knowledge and practice and national aspirations for policy and practice. A Draft Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' is currently being co-produced: participatory consultation and then dissemination will follow.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership and What Works Scotland: 'Putting Christie into Action' 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Facilitating a range of collaborative inquiring activity in relation to 'Putting Christie into Action' : including -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers; -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation); -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention); Participatory Discussions Groups (Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan; Comunity Capaicty-Building; Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry); -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' Note: Aberdeenshire CPP includes approx. 15 partner organisations approx. with key ones here: Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Aberdeen Voluntary Action, and Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships.
Collaborator Contribution Participation across the collaborative inquiring activities listed above: -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers ... 9 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation) ... approx. 35 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention) ... approx. 45 participants -Participatory Discussions Groups: ...Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan - 9 participants; ...Comunity Capaicty-Building - 10 participants ...Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry - 3 participants -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' (5 participants so far)
Impact Range of events as listed above. Multi-disciplinary as illustrated by the CPP partners liisted in (3) above across a range of public sector organisations and services, and third sector bodiies. Outcomes so far relate to improving knowledge across the CPP, both centrally and locally, of present understandings of partnership-working, community participation, preventing inequalities and improving performance - both local knowledge and practice and national aspirations for policy and practice. A Draft Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' is currently being co-produced: participatory consultation and then dissemination will follow.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership and What Works Scotland: 'Putting Christie into Action' 
Organisation NHS Grampian
Department Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating a range of collaborative inquiring activity in relation to 'Putting Christie into Action' : including -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers; -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation); -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention); Participatory Discussions Groups (Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan; Comunity Capaicty-Building; Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry); -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' Note: Aberdeenshire CPP includes approx. 15 partner organisations approx. with key ones here: Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Aberdeen Voluntary Action, and Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships.
Collaborator Contribution Participation across the collaborative inquiring activities listed above: -scoping meetings (2) with Community Planning Officers ... 9 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Partnership and Participation) ... approx. 35 participants -Collaborative Learning Day (Prevention) ... approx. 45 participants -Participatory Discussions Groups: ...Alcohol Reduction Prioirity Local Outcomes Improvement Plan - 9 participants; ...Comunity Capaicty-Building - 10 participants ...Learning from a Community Links Worker Inquiry - 3 participants -supporting 'co-production' of a Learning Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' (5 participants so far)
Impact Range of events as listed above. Multi-disciplinary as illustrated by the CPP partners liisted in (3) above across a range of public sector organisations and services, and third sector bodiies. Outcomes so far relate to improving knowledge across the CPP, both centrally and locally, of present understandings of partnership-working, community participation, preventing inequalities and improving performance - both local knowledge and practice and national aspirations for policy and practice. A Draft Report on 'Developing Preventative Approaches' is currently being co-produced: participatory consultation and then dissemination will follow.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership: Development Work with CPP Board and Executive 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Council
Department Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS Researchers have: -facilitated 2 Development Days with CPP Board and Executive -presentations and discussion with Aberdeenshire CPP Board at Board meetings - Sept 2015, Nov 2015, March 2016, June 2016, Sept 2016, Dec 2016 -informal interviewing with CPP Board members to generate a scoping report -ongoing meetings and discussions with CPP Strategic Development Team -supported work of: CPP Internal Review Team (from Sept 2016); and CPP Executive Sub-group on the LOIP
Collaborator Contribution Extensive participation across the activities described above across CPP including from: CPP Strategic Development Team; Police Scotland; Scottish Fire and Rescue Services; NHS Grampian; Aberdeenshire Council (variois departments/services); Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action; Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships; Skills Development Scotland; Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Impact See Aberdeenshire CPP Board Papers 2015 and 2016 that detials WWS' ongoing involvement and presentations: http://www.ouraberdeenshire.org.uk/resources-and-useful-links/board-papers-agendas/
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership: Scoping a Stragic Approach to Community Capacity-Building 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Council
Department Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS researchers have undertaken a range of scoping work since early 2016 with the Health and Social Care Partnership Lead for Community Capacity-Building. This builds from the Aberdeenshire Community Links Worker Inquiry - see separate entry in 'Collaborations and Partnerships' - and has so far included: -individual discussions with the HSCP Lead (and on one occasion HSCP Chief Officer) - 4 meetings - and related scoping resaerch by WWS -support for the Community Health in Partnership Team (who work with the Lead on this area of working) - involvement in 5 meetings -Discussion Group across the Community Planning Partners (Nov 2016) involving 10 staff and related organisations -access to a draft WWS Evidence Review on Rural Community Capacity-building for Health and Well-being -scoping meeting with two Scottish Government officers re. a relevant national programme (WWS only)
Collaborator Contribution see section above
Impact Discussion Group on Community Capacity-Building across CPP (Nov 2016) - Aberdeenshire HSCP; Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership; Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action; Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships; Aberdeenshire Council; Friends of Insch Hospital and Community Report or Policy Brief to follow
Start Year 2016
 
Description Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership: Scoping a Stragic Approach to Community Capacity-Building 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS researchers have undertaken a range of scoping work since early 2016 with the Health and Social Care Partnership Lead for Community Capacity-Building. This builds from the Aberdeenshire Community Links Worker Inquiry - see separate entry in 'Collaborations and Partnerships' - and has so far included: -individual discussions with the HSCP Lead (and on one occasion HSCP Chief Officer) - 4 meetings - and related scoping resaerch by WWS -support for the Community Health in Partnership Team (who work with the Lead on this area of working) - involvement in 5 meetings -Discussion Group across the Community Planning Partners (Nov 2016) involving 10 staff and related organisations -access to a draft WWS Evidence Review on Rural Community Capacity-building for Health and Well-being -scoping meeting with two Scottish Government officers re. a relevant national programme (WWS only)
Collaborator Contribution see section above
Impact Discussion Group on Community Capacity-Building across CPP (Nov 2016) - Aberdeenshire HSCP; Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership; Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action; Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships; Aberdeenshire Council; Friends of Insch Hospital and Community Report or Policy Brief to follow
Start Year 2016
 
Description Aberdeenshire Heath and Social Care Partnership and What Works Scotland Community Capacity Building Inquiry Team 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating Inquiry Team and providing suitable levels of collaborative action research support and related expertise to this multi-disciplinary team in order to: (1) research and generate a report on Community Links Worker model in Insch - and disseminate the learning from this report (Cycle 1) (2) construct an initial Research Brief for Cycle 2 Inquiry on Community LInks Worker model and reducing inequality
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative action research activity - scoping and planning (Cycles 1 and 2); interviews, desk research, study visit, analysis, participatory analysis; report writing, stakeholder dissemination planning, partnership-building; participatory consultation work; shared learning events
Impact Multi-disciplinary inquiry team includes: improvement officers; community worker; development manager; public health officer; Health and Social Care Partnership policy and strategy, Community Planning Partnership Strategic Development Officer Outcomes so far: Inquiry Team members built understanding of Collaborative Action Research and of Community Capacity-Building Team members provided facilitation at a Collaborative Learning event. Cycle 1 Research Report completed and disseminated Cycle 2 Research Brief (draft) established Dissemination of learning through: participatory consultation process; Strategy Discussion Group with the Health and Social Care Partnership Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership in considering further their Strategic Approach to Community Capacity-Building
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Heath and Social Care Partnership and What Works Scotland Community Capacity Building Inquiry Team 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating Inquiry Team and providing suitable levels of collaborative action research support and related expertise to this multi-disciplinary team in order to: (1) research and generate a report on Community Links Worker model in Insch - and disseminate the learning from this report (Cycle 1) (2) construct an initial Research Brief for Cycle 2 Inquiry on Community LInks Worker model and reducing inequality
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative action research activity - scoping and planning (Cycles 1 and 2); interviews, desk research, study visit, analysis, participatory analysis; report writing, stakeholder dissemination planning, partnership-building; participatory consultation work; shared learning events
Impact Multi-disciplinary inquiry team includes: improvement officers; community worker; development manager; public health officer; Health and Social Care Partnership policy and strategy, Community Planning Partnership Strategic Development Officer Outcomes so far: Inquiry Team members built understanding of Collaborative Action Research and of Community Capacity-Building Team members provided facilitation at a Collaborative Learning event. Cycle 1 Research Report completed and disseminated Cycle 2 Research Brief (draft) established Dissemination of learning through: participatory consultation process; Strategy Discussion Group with the Health and Social Care Partnership Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership in considering further their Strategic Approach to Community Capacity-Building
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Heath and Social Care Partnership and What Works Scotland Community Capacity Building Inquiry Team 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Facilitating Inquiry Team and providing suitable levels of collaborative action research support and related expertise to this multi-disciplinary team in order to: (1) research and generate a report on Community Links Worker model in Insch - and disseminate the learning from this report (Cycle 1) (2) construct an initial Research Brief for Cycle 2 Inquiry on Community LInks Worker model and reducing inequality
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative action research activity - scoping and planning (Cycles 1 and 2); interviews, desk research, study visit, analysis, participatory analysis; report writing, stakeholder dissemination planning, partnership-building; participatory consultation work; shared learning events
Impact Multi-disciplinary inquiry team includes: improvement officers; community worker; development manager; public health officer; Health and Social Care Partnership policy and strategy, Community Planning Partnership Strategic Development Officer Outcomes so far: Inquiry Team members built understanding of Collaborative Action Research and of Community Capacity-Building Team members provided facilitation at a Collaborative Learning event. Cycle 1 Research Report completed and disseminated Cycle 2 Research Brief (draft) established Dissemination of learning through: participatory consultation process; Strategy Discussion Group with the Health and Social Care Partnership Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership in considering further their Strategic Approach to Community Capacity-Building
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Heath and Social Care Partnership and What Works Scotland Community Capacity Building Inquiry Team 
Organisation NHS Grampian
Department Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating Inquiry Team and providing suitable levels of collaborative action research support and related expertise to this multi-disciplinary team in order to: (1) research and generate a report on Community Links Worker model in Insch - and disseminate the learning from this report (Cycle 1) (2) construct an initial Research Brief for Cycle 2 Inquiry on Community LInks Worker model and reducing inequality
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative action research activity - scoping and planning (Cycles 1 and 2); interviews, desk research, study visit, analysis, participatory analysis; report writing, stakeholder dissemination planning, partnership-building; participatory consultation work; shared learning events
Impact Multi-disciplinary inquiry team includes: improvement officers; community worker; development manager; public health officer; Health and Social Care Partnership policy and strategy, Community Planning Partnership Strategic Development Officer Outcomes so far: Inquiry Team members built understanding of Collaborative Action Research and of Community Capacity-Building Team members provided facilitation at a Collaborative Learning event. Cycle 1 Research Report completed and disseminated Cycle 2 Research Brief (draft) established Dissemination of learning through: participatory consultation process; Strategy Discussion Group with the Health and Social Care Partnership Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership in considering further their Strategic Approach to Community Capacity-Building
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire Heath and Social Care Partnership and What Works Scotland Community Capacity Building Inquiry Team 
Organisation NHS Grampian
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitating Inquiry Team and providing suitable levels of collaborative action research support and related expertise to this multi-disciplinary team in order to: (1) research and generate a report on Community Links Worker model in Insch - and disseminate the learning from this report (Cycle 1) (2) construct an initial Research Brief for Cycle 2 Inquiry on Community LInks Worker model and reducing inequality
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative action research activity - scoping and planning (Cycles 1 and 2); interviews, desk research, study visit, analysis, participatory analysis; report writing, stakeholder dissemination planning, partnership-building; participatory consultation work; shared learning events
Impact Multi-disciplinary inquiry team includes: improvement officers; community worker; development manager; public health officer; Health and Social Care Partnership policy and strategy, Community Planning Partnership Strategic Development Officer Outcomes so far: Inquiry Team members built understanding of Collaborative Action Research and of Community Capacity-Building Team members provided facilitation at a Collaborative Learning event. Cycle 1 Research Report completed and disseminated Cycle 2 Research Brief (draft) established Dissemination of learning through: participatory consultation process; Strategy Discussion Group with the Health and Social Care Partnership Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership in considering further their Strategic Approach to Community Capacity-Building
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire: Beyond Action Learning - a collaborative inquiry into skills that support collaborative approaches 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Council
Department Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A Collaborative inquiry between two faciitators and WWS of a collaborative learning programme - involving action learning sets and improvement tools - undertaken by the Aberdeenshire Community Helath Partnership (now Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership). The inquiry has explored their approach to the project and what others concerned for collaborative learning and facilitation and for collaborative approaches to public service reform might learn from it. Dissemination and communication of that learning is now under way ...
Collaborator Contribution Two facilitatars are from Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian respectively and thus part of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Aberdeenshire CPP. Consultation on the draft report took place with those in both the HSCP and CPP and learning is to be shared within both as well as more widely across Scotland.
Impact A Learning Report A consultation on the draft, and then further learning, dissemination and communication activities (still developing).
Start Year 2015
 
Description Aberdeenshire: Beyond Action Learning - a collaborative inquiry into skills that support collaborative approaches 
Organisation Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A Collaborative inquiry between two faciitators and WWS of a collaborative learning programme - involving action learning sets and improvement tools - undertaken by the Aberdeenshire Community Helath Partnership (now Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership). The inquiry has explored their approach to the project and what others concerned for collaborative learning and facilitation and for collaborative approaches to public service reform might learn from it. Dissemination and communication of that learning is now under way ...
Collaborator Contribution Two facilitatars are from Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian respectively and thus part of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Aberdeenshire CPP. Consultation on the draft report took place with those in both the HSCP and CPP and learning is to be shared within both as well as more widely across Scotland.
Impact A Learning Report A consultation on the draft, and then further learning, dissemination and communication activities (still developing).
Start Year 2015
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation Edinburgh Napier University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation New Policy Institute
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation Open University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation Oxfam GB
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation Robert Gordon University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation University of Dundee
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Challenge Poverty Week: On-line collaboration 
Organisation University of Stirling
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Set up and managed on-line platform, recruited partners, published and promoted contributions on poverty research in Scotland. Wrote a contribution.
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed a short blog piece on research or policy viewpoint into aspects of poverty in Scotland. Many partners also promoted the collection.
Impact 25 blog contributions covering various aspects of poverty. As of 10.3.16 the site has received 3,692 views from 1,716 different visitors from 22 different countries.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Communities Partnership Innovation Team 
Organisation West Dunbartonshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Communities Partnership Innovation Team includes members of the WD Communities Team within Corporate and Community Planning at West Dunbartonshire Council. I have been working with the team to facilitate, plan, mentor, guide and broker external support for their collaborative action research on 'What Works in Community-led Action Planning?' This project is part of a programme of work to develop a neighbourhood approach to community planning which includes developing a model of local action planning for 17 neighbourhoods in West Dunbartonshire. The contributions I have made to this collaboration includes providing training in action research and producing a learning pack for local officers in narrative interviewing; setting up contacts with peers in other CPPs who have developed new models of community-led action planning; sharing the latest updates on the Community Empowerment Act and redrafting of National Standards for Community Engagement; The most substantial contribution has been the facilitation, coordination and planning of a Community -led Action Planning Development Day with support from the Communities Team and WWS colleagues. Thirty participants attended the Community-led including employees of West Dunbartonshire Council, local voluntary sector including housing and youth organisations, the leisure company, the local Health and Social Care Partnership and Skills Development Scotland. The event included a session with Oliver Escobar on the Scottish Policy Context and the Community Empowerment Act, clips from video recordings of action research Interviews, a meta-planning activity to draw out key conditions to support community-led approaches and a co-design workshop where participants considered a real example of a community-led action planning process. This work has increased understanding and awareness of the Community Empowerment Act and local action planning among West Dunbartonshire Council staff and partners organisations. A wide range of participatory methods, creative ideas and techniques were shared at the collaborative event.
Collaborator Contribution Partners planned, arranged and conducted action research interviews with peers in other local authorities and with the chair of a local community council. They recorded interviews on video and edited the material for presentation at the Community led action planning Development Day. . The write-up of the interviews were checked before inclusion in the Interim Report on the findings on What Works in Community-led Action Planning? In addition partners contributed to the planning and delivering of the local collaborative event. Members of the Communities Partnership Innovation Team co planned the Development Day event, organised the venue, catering, technology and editing short clips from the interviews. A Community Development Officer gave a presentation on the findings from the action research interviews. The Corporate and Community Planning Manager gave a presentation and Q&A on the new neighbourhood approach to community planning in West Dunbartonshire.
Impact I have written an interim report on the findings on Community-led Action Planning and Collaborative Action Research. The full report is due to be published as soon as final edits from local partners are received. As an appendix to the report there is a workbook containing all the data generated from the facilitated sessions and session plans at the collaborative event. This interim report has been discussed with the Corporate and Community Planning Manager and with the West Dunbartonshire Communities Team and has been the catalyst for the next phase of collaborative work. The focus of the work on this project this year will be to evaluate the pilot and phase one of the new local action planning model and to inform its future development. A summary version of the interim report on Community-led Action Planning is currently being co-written with a local officer for dissemination to community engagement practitioners in West Dunbartonshire and to national partners attending the WWS National Collaborative Learning Event on 23-24 February 2016. A range of outputs have been achieved: CL-AP Action Research with peers in East Ayrshire and West Lothian CL - AP Development Day for Practitioners WWS Report on Community-led Approaches Community Conversations that Matter (Training in Dialogue and Deliberation with Oliver Escobar) Community-led Approaches to Reducing Poverty seminar with JRF researcher Collaborative Evaluation of Your Community (pilot/phase 1) - three workshops, data collection, full report and summary report and feedback session Reports disseminated to WWS partners and to Scottish Government Two national Collaborative events and national peer networking Presentation to the Local Authority Research and Intelligence Association
Start Year 2015
 
Description Community Anchors Research Project Advisory Group 
Organisation Development Trust Association Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution WWS Researchers (James Henderson and Oliver Escobar) and a community sector research consultation contracted by WWS (Philip Revell) have developed and been working with the Advisory Group on this research project and related activity. So far: -individual inital meetings with above partners (6 in total) -Two formal Advisory Group meetings (Oct and Dec 2016) -related involvement in meetings to support this process (2 meetings - Aug 2016 and Jan 2017)
Collaborator Contribution Feedback and advice on this developing research project - in each case their area of expertise.
Impact None as yet - research report, academic material, conference presenation (July 2017) and WWS Conference to follow.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Community Anchors Research Project Advisory Group 
Organisation Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution WWS Researchers (James Henderson and Oliver Escobar) and a community sector research consultation contracted by WWS (Philip Revell) have developed and been working with the Advisory Group on this research project and related activity. So far: -individual inital meetings with above partners (6 in total) -Two formal Advisory Group meetings (Oct and Dec 2016) -related involvement in meetings to support this process (2 meetings - Aug 2016 and Jan 2017)
Collaborator Contribution Feedback and advice on this developing research project - in each case their area of expertise.
Impact None as yet - research report, academic material, conference presenation (July 2017) and WWS Conference to follow.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Community Anchors Research Project Advisory Group 
Organisation Scottish Community Alliance
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution WWS Researchers (James Henderson and Oliver Escobar) and a community sector research consultation contracted by WWS (Philip Revell) have developed and been working with the Advisory Group on this research project and related activity. So far: -individual inital meetings with above partners (6 in total) -Two formal Advisory Group meetings (Oct and Dec 2016) -related involvement in meetings to support this process (2 meetings - Aug 2016 and Jan 2017)
Collaborator Contribution Feedback and advice on this developing research project - in each case their area of expertise.
Impact None as yet - research report, academic material, conference presenation (July 2017) and WWS Conference to follow.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Community Anchors Research Project Advisory Group 
Organisation Scottish Government
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS Researchers (James Henderson and Oliver Escobar) and a community sector research consultation contracted by WWS (Philip Revell) have developed and been working with the Advisory Group on this research project and related activity. So far: -individual inital meetings with above partners (6 in total) -Two formal Advisory Group meetings (Oct and Dec 2016) -related involvement in meetings to support this process (2 meetings - Aug 2016 and Jan 2017)
Collaborator Contribution Feedback and advice on this developing research project - in each case their area of expertise.
Impact None as yet - research report, academic material, conference presenation (July 2017) and WWS Conference to follow.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Cost of School Holidays for Low Income families 
Organisation Chil Poverty Action Group in Scotoand
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are working as part of a team bringing together Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, Glasgow Life, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and Glasgow Centre for Population Health to explore the impact of school holidays for families with low income and to develop new initiatives to help tackle these problems. WWS produced a literature review that helped to frame the development of this partnership and are currently carrying out a survey of teachers' perspectives on summer learning loss.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow Life have provided funding for a study exploring current services available to families in the school holidays, CPAG in Scotland funded and carried out a survey of parents drawing on our initial literature survey.
Impact To date two publications have emerged from this research; Campbell, Watson and Waters )2015) The cost of school holidays What Works Scotland http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/The-cost-of-school-holidays.pdf CPAG Scotland (2015) The Cost of School Holidays: Meeting the needs of low income families http://www.cpag.org.uk/sites/default/files/CPAG-Scot-Cost-School-Holidays-full%20report.pdf
Start Year 2015
 
Description Distributed Leadership in action 
Organisation Northwestern University Chicago
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting visiting scholar and organizing Public lecture for research, policy and practitioner audiences and lunchtime seminar for senior leaders in Fife Council and other public services (eg. Police, Fire etc) Facilitation of collaborative action research group meetings. Public Lecture for policy and practitioner audiences
Collaborator Contribution Lunchtime seminar for senior leaders in Fife Council (approx. 40 participants) and other public services (eg. Police, Fire etc) Facilitation of collaborative action research group meetings (12 participants). Evening lecture policy and practice audiences. (approx. 80 participants)
Impact Lunch time seminar Collaborative Action Research Working Group Lecture to audience of public policy and practitioner professionals Blog
Start Year 2015
 
Description Distributed Leadership in action 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting visiting scholar and organizing Public lecture for research, policy and practitioner audiences and lunchtime seminar for senior leaders in Fife Council and other public services (eg. Police, Fire etc) Facilitation of collaborative action research group meetings. Public Lecture for policy and practitioner audiences
Collaborator Contribution Lunchtime seminar for senior leaders in Fife Council (approx. 40 participants) and other public services (eg. Police, Fire etc) Facilitation of collaborative action research group meetings (12 participants). Evening lecture policy and practice audiences. (approx. 80 participants)
Impact Lunch time seminar Collaborative Action Research Working Group Lecture to audience of public policy and practitioner professionals Blog
Start Year 2015
 
Description Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme 
Organisation Education Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-designed a learning and evaluation framework for the Pioneer Programme and completed a first phase of research drawing learning from the programme on the practice of collaborative leadership. A second phase of research is underway to evaluate the impact of the programme on public service collaboration in sites around Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have designed and are delivering the programme. They will be involved in co-designing the second phase of the research
Impact WWS report on first phase of research to be published very soon
Start Year 2014
 
Description Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme 
Organisation NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-designed a learning and evaluation framework for the Pioneer Programme and completed a first phase of research drawing learning from the programme on the practice of collaborative leadership. A second phase of research is underway to evaluate the impact of the programme on public service collaboration in sites around Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have designed and are delivering the programme. They will be involved in co-designing the second phase of the research
Impact WWS report on first phase of research to be published very soon
Start Year 2014
 
Description Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme 
Organisation Police Scotland
Country Unknown 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-designed a learning and evaluation framework for the Pioneer Programme and completed a first phase of research drawing learning from the programme on the practice of collaborative leadership. A second phase of research is underway to evaluate the impact of the programme on public service collaboration in sites around Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have designed and are delivering the programme. They will be involved in co-designing the second phase of the research
Impact WWS report on first phase of research to be published very soon
Start Year 2014
 
Description Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme 
Organisation Research for Real
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-designed a learning and evaluation framework for the Pioneer Programme and completed a first phase of research drawing learning from the programme on the practice of collaborative leadership. A second phase of research is underway to evaluate the impact of the programme on public service collaboration in sites around Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have designed and are delivering the programme. They will be involved in co-designing the second phase of the research
Impact WWS report on first phase of research to be published very soon
Start Year 2014
 
Description Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme 
Organisation Scottish College for Educational Leadership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-designed a learning and evaluation framework for the Pioneer Programme and completed a first phase of research drawing learning from the programme on the practice of collaborative leadership. A second phase of research is underway to evaluate the impact of the programme on public service collaboration in sites around Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have designed and are delivering the programme. They will be involved in co-designing the second phase of the research
Impact WWS report on first phase of research to be published very soon
Start Year 2014
 
Description Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme 
Organisation Scottish College for Educational Leadership
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-designed a learning and evaluation framework for the Pioneer Programme and completed a first phase of research drawing learning from the programme on the practice of collaborative leadership. A second phase of research is underway to evaluate the impact of the programme on public service collaboration in sites around Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have designed and are delivering the programme. They will be involved in co-designing the second phase of the research
Impact WWS report on first phase of research to be published very soon
Start Year 2014
 
Description Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme 
Organisation Scottish Government
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-designed a learning and evaluation framework for the Pioneer Programme and completed a first phase of research drawing learning from the programme on the practice of collaborative leadership. A second phase of research is underway to evaluate the impact of the programme on public service collaboration in sites around Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have designed and are delivering the programme. They will be involved in co-designing the second phase of the research
Impact WWS report on first phase of research to be published very soon
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Project Four: What counts as Evidence? 
Organisation Evaluation Support Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The evidence review will seek, and examine, an existing evidence base which looks at what is seen as 'evidence' and how different types of evidence are viewed across health and social care. We have commissioned the review, have contracted a researcher to carry out the work
Collaborator Contribution The partners have helped define the scope of the review, have signed up to using the review in practice, and will contribute to hosting an event to explore the implication of the review
Impact Event planned for May 2017 Published tools (to be agreed)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project Four: What counts as Evidence? 
Organisation Improvement Service
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The evidence review will seek, and examine, an existing evidence base which looks at what is seen as 'evidence' and how different types of evidence are viewed across health and social care. We have commissioned the review, have contracted a researcher to carry out the work
Collaborator Contribution The partners have helped define the scope of the review, have signed up to using the review in practice, and will contribute to hosting an event to explore the implication of the review
Impact Event planned for May 2017 Published tools (to be agreed)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project Four: What counts as Evidence? 
Organisation Local Area Research & Intelligence Association
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The evidence review will seek, and examine, an existing evidence base which looks at what is seen as 'evidence' and how different types of evidence are viewed across health and social care. We have commissioned the review, have contracted a researcher to carry out the work
Collaborator Contribution The partners have helped define the scope of the review, have signed up to using the review in practice, and will contribute to hosting an event to explore the implication of the review
Impact Event planned for May 2017 Published tools (to be agreed)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project Four: What counts as Evidence? 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The evidence review will seek, and examine, an existing evidence base which looks at what is seen as 'evidence' and how different types of evidence are viewed across health and social care. We have commissioned the review, have contracted a researcher to carry out the work
Collaborator Contribution The partners have helped define the scope of the review, have signed up to using the review in practice, and will contribute to hosting an event to explore the implication of the review
Impact Event planned for May 2017 Published tools (to be agreed)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project Four: What counts as Evidence? 
Organisation NHS Scotland
Department Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The evidence review will seek, and examine, an existing evidence base which looks at what is seen as 'evidence' and how different types of evidence are viewed across health and social care. We have commissioned the review, have contracted a researcher to carry out the work
Collaborator Contribution The partners have helped define the scope of the review, have signed up to using the review in practice, and will contribute to hosting an event to explore the implication of the review
Impact Event planned for May 2017 Published tools (to be agreed)
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project One: Evidence Review Shared Project (WWS/HS/HIS) 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Using existing evidence is an important part of evidence-based action and key to public service reform. Heath Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and CRFR/WWS have developed different methods for synthesising evidence. HS and HIS methods come from the health sector systematic review field. CRFR's methods (that have been brought into WWS) come from working with professionals in the children and families sector and focus on using evidence for action, which could be useful for HIS and HS moving into health and social care issues. Aims HIS/HS and WWS will explore and consider ways of developing their respective evidence review processes, with a view to providing appraised, accessible and action-oriented evidence reviews for health and social care professionals. Topic: What are the most effective methods available to ensure the coordination of palliative care that are applicable to Scotland? Phase One- Defining the review topic and identifying a review customer Phase Two: scoping review- underway Phase Three: review production Phase Four: Link to decision-making Phase Five: Learning and reflection
Collaborator Contribution Partners are carrying out the evidence review, embedding new methods of review into their way of working, and meeting with the evidence review client.
Impact New templates for review requests, scoping and writing systematic reviews
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project One: Evidence Review Shared Project (WWS/HS/HIS) 
Organisation NHS Scotland
Department Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Using existing evidence is an important part of evidence-based action and key to public service reform. Heath Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and CRFR/WWS have developed different methods for synthesising evidence. HS and HIS methods come from the health sector systematic review field. CRFR's methods (that have been brought into WWS) come from working with professionals in the children and families sector and focus on using evidence for action, which could be useful for HIS and HS moving into health and social care issues. Aims HIS/HS and WWS will explore and consider ways of developing their respective evidence review processes, with a view to providing appraised, accessible and action-oriented evidence reviews for health and social care professionals. Topic: What are the most effective methods available to ensure the coordination of palliative care that are applicable to Scotland? Phase One- Defining the review topic and identifying a review customer Phase Two: scoping review- underway Phase Three: review production Phase Four: Link to decision-making Phase Five: Learning and reflection
Collaborator Contribution Partners are carrying out the evidence review, embedding new methods of review into their way of working, and meeting with the evidence review client.
Impact New templates for review requests, scoping and writing systematic reviews
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project Two: Highland Highlife 
Organisation Highland Highlife
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution High Life Highland (HLH) is working in partnership with NHS Highland (NHSH) to implement an evidence based exercise programme aimed at supporting the reduction of falls in older adults (the Otago Exercise Programme). HLH has adapted the Otago programme in pragmatic ways to suit local settings and resources (for example the group exercises take place in community settings rather than participants' homes).HLH would like to explore whether there is a financial or other case for rolling out the Otago Exercise Programme model to other older people's care providers in NHS Highland. We are supporting the coordination of this project, linking between the organisations, editing outputs, and writing the case study Aims • To support High Life Highland to develop an evidence base to inform decision making about the future implementation of the Otago exercise programme. • To capture evidence from this process to inform future evidence to action projects. Research questions 1. How is the Otago exercise programme currently being implemented in Highland? To what extent is current implementation supported by the evidence base? 2. How is the intervention anticipated to contribute to improve outcomes for participants and NHS Highland? 3. What needs to be in place for these benefits to be realised and what are the main risks? 4. To what extent does the intervention contribute to improved outcomes for participants and NHS Highland? 5. What are the implications of the findings for future implementation of the Otago exercise programme and the work of Highlife highland and NHS Highland to reduce falls and promote the health and wellbeing of older people? 6. What is the learning from this process for other organisations seeking to spread and scale up evidence based interventions and to get evidence into action? Process The project will be carried out in collaboration between Highlife Highland and NHS Highland, What Works Scotland and the University of Highland and Islands and will involve four phases of work. Phase 1. Project set up and critical appraisal of current implementation. Phase 2. Developing the theory of change and evaluation framework Phase 3. Data gathering and preliminary analysis Phase 4. Analysis to decisions Case study development: learning will be captured in a case study, focussing on wider lessons of adapting evidence-based programmes for local use. This project is currently in Phase 3 and will be completed by the end of April, with wider sharing of lessons continuing until the end of June 2017
Collaborator Contribution Partners are developing the work, UHI are providing research support to the practitioners.
Impact 1. A theory of change for Highland Highlife Otago programme
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Project Two: Highland Highlife 
Organisation University of the Highlands and Islands
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution High Life Highland (HLH) is working in partnership with NHS Highland (NHSH) to implement an evidence based exercise programme aimed at supporting the reduction of falls in older adults (the Otago Exercise Programme). HLH has adapted the Otago programme in pragmatic ways to suit local settings and resources (for example the group exercises take place in community settings rather than participants' homes).HLH would like to explore whether there is a financial or other case for rolling out the Otago Exercise Programme model to other older people's care providers in NHS Highland. We are supporting the coordination of this project, linking between the organisations, editing outputs, and writing the case study Aims • To support High Life Highland to develop an evidence base to inform decision making about the future implementation of the Otago exercise programme. • To capture evidence from this process to inform future evidence to action projects. Research questions 1. How is the Otago exercise programme currently being implemented in Highland? To what extent is current implementation supported by the evidence base? 2. How is the intervention anticipated to contribute to improve outcomes for participants and NHS Highland? 3. What needs to be in place for these benefits to be realised and what are the main risks? 4. To what extent does the intervention contribute to improved outcomes for participants and NHS Highland? 5. What are the implications of the findings for future implementation of the Otago exercise programme and the work of Highlife highland and NHS Highland to reduce falls and promote the health and wellbeing of older people? 6. What is the learning from this process for other organisations seeking to spread and scale up evidence based interventions and to get evidence into action? Process The project will be carried out in collaboration between Highlife Highland and NHS Highland, What Works Scotland and the University of Highland and Islands and will involve four phases of work. Phase 1. Project set up and critical appraisal of current implementation. Phase 2. Developing the theory of change and evaluation framework Phase 3. Data gathering and preliminary analysis Phase 4. Analysis to decisions Case study development: learning will be captured in a case study, focussing on wider lessons of adapting evidence-based programmes for local use. This project is currently in Phase 3 and will be completed by the end of April, with wider sharing of lessons continuing until the end of June 2017
Collaborator Contribution Partners are developing the work, UHI are providing research support to the practitioners.
Impact 1. A theory of change for Highland Highlife Otago programme
Start Year 2016
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation Evaluation Support Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation Fife Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation Improvement Service
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation NES/ISD NHS Education for Scotland/Information Services Division
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation NHS Health Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation NHS Scotland
Department Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action Working Group 
Organisation Scottish Government
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have convened this evidence to action working group to take forward the WWS agenda of better undersanding how people in community planning can access the evidence they need. We are working on a strategy to improve the offer to local authorities. We have conducted a mapping excercise of current knowledge services
Collaborator Contribution Members of the group contribute to the work plan, meet regularly.
Impact Mapping excecise of knowledge services in Scotland Event on knowledge into action in Fife National event on getting knowledge into action for public services Knowledge Hub for Public service reform
Start Year 2014
 
Description Evidence to Action mapping 
Organisation What Works Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS Evidence to Action workstream conducted a mapping of WWS knowledge partners' Evidence to Action (E2A) activity in the context of public service delivery. Specifically, the mapping produced an overview of the evidence service/s provided, for whom, on what broad topics (relating to public service reform), and with what resources; the types of activity (mechanisms) involved in those services; and what gaps currently exist. WWS designed and conducted the mapping though qualitative interviewing, analysed the data, produced evidence to action profiles for each organisation, and produced a mapping report.
Collaborator Contribution The partners prepared for and participated in qualitative interviews, provided a range of material, and contributed further information throughout the analysis process.
Impact report - Evidence to Action: a mapping of WWS knowledge partners' evidence to action activity in the context of public service delivery. An accessible narrative version has also been been produced for sharing widely. The report has informed a scoping exercise of collaborative K2A support for public health, led by NHS Education Scotland and Health Scotland; and a WWS research project 'barriers and facilitators to turning evidence into action in West Dunbartonshire'.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Evidence to Action project: South Ayrshire Council 
Organisation South Ayrshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution What Works Scotland is working with South Ayrshire Council to support evidence-informed decision making in early intervention and prevention around child poverty. Jointly, we are developing an Evidence to Action project to identify what the Council wants to achieve, what evidence is needed and how different types of knowledge can be combined to inform decision-making, and how evidence can be used to achieve outcomes. We will look at what the available evidence can tell us about the causes of child poverty and what early trigger signs can indicate risk of poverty, and in the early years what factors can mitigate the effects of child poverty and prevent child poverty. This evidence review will be combined with local knowledge to assess which actions are appropriate at local levels, to inform decision-making.
Collaborator Contribution South Ayrshire Council has participated in project planning sessions to identify their knowledge needs, and supplied local area information. They will continue to contribute by providing research-user feedback during the evidence review production process, consider the implications of the review findings for their area and how findings can link with local data, and involve wider teams in decision-making to use evidence to achieve positive outcomes.
Impact Project active, outputs to be delivered.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Exploring the impact of cash grants on low income households 
Organisation Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We brought the parties together after initial work with cash for kids - as a three-way collaboration new are using data linkage to see whether there are impacts on grant recipient households via three measures related to education - e.g. attendance and performance. This is the first joint project between WWS and ADRC - both ESRC investments.
Collaborator Contribution Cash for Kids provided data and ADRC are working with WWS to undertake the exploratory data linkage and analysis
Impact None yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description Exploring the impact of cash grants on low income households 
Organisation Cash for Kids
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We brought the parties together after initial work with cash for kids - as a three-way collaboration new are using data linkage to see whether there are impacts on grant recipient households via three measures related to education - e.g. attendance and performance. This is the first joint project between WWS and ADRC - both ESRC investments.
Collaborator Contribution Cash for Kids provided data and ADRC are working with WWS to undertake the exploratory data linkage and analysis
Impact None yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: Family support approaches 
Organisation Fife Council
Department Communities and Corporate Development
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution My contribution includes: intellectual input, research training, research resources, meeting facilitation, partnership capacity building
Collaborator Contribution meeting rooms
Impact established a group of practitioners to explore 'whole family approaches'
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: Family support approaches 
Organisation Fife Council
Department Education and learning
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution My contribution includes: intellectual input, research training, research resources, meeting facilitation, partnership capacity building
Collaborator Contribution meeting rooms
Impact established a group of practitioners to explore 'whole family approaches'
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: Family support approaches 
Organisation Fife Gingerbread
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution My contribution includes: intellectual input, research training, research resources, meeting facilitation, partnership capacity building
Collaborator Contribution meeting rooms
Impact established a group of practitioners to explore 'whole family approaches'
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: Schools intervention group 
Organisation Fife Council
Department Communities and Corporate Development
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution My contribution included: Expertise and support for research inquiry process, data collection methods, facilitation in meetings and events Training of staff in the Collaborative Action Researh process and data collection methods. I accessed and neogtiated partners to join the inquiry group.
Collaborator Contribution Facilities for meetings
Impact Creation of the research inquiry PIT leading to improvements in the delivery of schools intervention work in Kirkcaldy.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: Schools intervention group 
Organisation Fife Council
Department Education and learning
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution My contribution included: Expertise and support for research inquiry process, data collection methods, facilitation in meetings and events Training of staff in the Collaborative Action Researh process and data collection methods. I accessed and neogtiated partners to join the inquiry group.
Collaborator Contribution Facilities for meetings
Impact Creation of the research inquiry PIT leading to improvements in the delivery of schools intervention work in Kirkcaldy.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: Schools intervention group 
Organisation Police Scotland
Country Unknown 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution My contribution included: Expertise and support for research inquiry process, data collection methods, facilitation in meetings and events Training of staff in the Collaborative Action Researh process and data collection methods. I accessed and neogtiated partners to join the inquiry group.
Collaborator Contribution Facilities for meetings
Impact Creation of the research inquiry PIT leading to improvements in the delivery of schools intervention work in Kirkcaldy.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: Schools intervention group 
Organisation Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
Country Switzerland, Swiss Confederation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution My contribution included: Expertise and support for research inquiry process, data collection methods, facilitation in meetings and events Training of staff in the Collaborative Action Researh process and data collection methods. I accessed and neogtiated partners to join the inquiry group.
Collaborator Contribution Facilities for meetings
Impact Creation of the research inquiry PIT leading to improvements in the delivery of schools intervention work in Kirkcaldy.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: welfare reform hub and spokes 
Organisation Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution My contribution includes data methods advice and training, facilitation of meetings, intellectual input on issues of welfare reform and research into local welfare provision. Training on data sets (DWP Stat-Xplore).
Collaborator Contribution Meeting space
Impact Development of better local information for service planning based on integration of local data wth DWP stats. Raising the profile of issues of social security reform at the local level
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: welfare reform hub and spokes 
Organisation Fife Council
Department Communities and Corporate Development
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution My contribution includes data methods advice and training, facilitation of meetings, intellectual input on issues of welfare reform and research into local welfare provision. Training on data sets (DWP Stat-Xplore).
Collaborator Contribution Meeting space
Impact Development of better local information for service planning based on integration of local data wth DWP stats. Raising the profile of issues of social security reform at the local level
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: welfare reform hub and spokes 
Organisation Fife Council
Department Housing
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution My contribution includes data methods advice and training, facilitation of meetings, intellectual input on issues of welfare reform and research into local welfare provision. Training on data sets (DWP Stat-Xplore).
Collaborator Contribution Meeting space
Impact Development of better local information for service planning based on integration of local data wth DWP stats. Raising the profile of issues of social security reform at the local level
Start Year 2015
 
Description Fife collaborative inquiry: welfare reform hub and spokes 
Organisation Fife Gingerbread
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution My contribution includes data methods advice and training, facilitation of meetings, intellectual input on issues of welfare reform and research into local welfare provision. Training on data sets (DWP Stat-Xplore).
Collaborator Contribution Meeting space
Impact Development of better local information for service planning based on integration of local data wth DWP stats. Raising the profile of issues of social security reform at the local level
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation Glasgow Center for Population Health (GCPH)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation Glasgow Kelvin College
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation Glasgow Life
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation Jobs and Business Glasgow
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation NG Homes
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation New Gorbals Housing Association
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation Police Scotland
Country Unknown 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow CPP Thriving Places Evaluability Assessment Group 
Organisation scottish fire and rescue
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In 2015-16 WWS facilitated an innovative Evaluability Assessment process for multiple Community Planning Partnership partners in Glasgow, to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on how to evaluate a ten-year, area-based, anti-deprivation initiative called 'Thriving Places'. Contributions: devising and presenting a draft Theory of Change to two initial workshops (printed on eight sheets of A2 paper for visibility to the groups); amending the draft Theory of Change based on our facilitated dialogue and deliberation at the first workshop, and presenting this for further amendment through WWS-facilitated dialogue and deliberation at a second and a third workshop; liaising with various CPP partners leading on the process to nurture and develop participation in the process, including partners writing up of exemplar Thriving Places activities that may be suitable for evaluation; evaluating the evidence presented through the workshops underpinned with external literature in order to make a recommendation for how the CPP should formatively evaluate promising practice in Thriving Places; providing the CPP with an amended Theory of Change diagram of principles and ten-year outcomes sought for Thriving Places, based on the workshop findings; supporting the CPP with dissemination of the diagram including attending local meetings; drafting a final report on the EA process to be published on the WWS website; in-depth interviews with a sample of participants in order to gather further data about the process to inform a forthcoming academic paper. Peter Craig and Nick Watson (both WWS) have been involved throughout. Approx 24 people from 12 CPP partners involved in the process.
Collaborator Contribution A leadership group of CPP partners met with WWS twice to identify the problem to be tackled - how to evaluate Thriving Places - and to consider the Evaluability Assessment process as a means to making an evidence-informed decision on this. One member of this leadership group worked with WWS to recruit a wide range of central and locally-based professionals working in Thriving Places to participate in the workshops. A wide range of partners attended and participated in the workshops.Two CPP partners hosted the workshops. Eight participants contributed to research interviews following the project.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Principles and outcomes of Thriving Places. Facilitating dialogue so that implied differences and ambiguities become expressed and deliberated upon across multiple partners. Clarifying common understanding of intervention goals for TP amongst both local and central Thriving Places leaders and across CPP partners. Clarifying the likelihood of measurable impact - whether or not a full scale evaluation is undertaken- before resources were committed to a full scale evaluation. Averting the committal of evaluation resources by the CPP if there is little realistic expectation of benefit. Supporting the CPP to comprehend the limits of relying on summative quantitative evaluation. Final output report to be places on WWS website in 2017. Academic article planned.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Participatory Budgeting Collaborative Action Research group 
Organisation Foundation Scotland
Country Unknown 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Facilitation of action research group; supporting the group to read and evaluate national and international research and practice literature to inform discussions and decisions; supporting the group to decision on an evaluation framework for use in participatory budgeting projects across the City of Glasgow, Expert contribution to group by Oliver Escobar (WWS), enabling the group to make a fact-finding international visit to Paris, together with Fife CPP, in order to learn about mainstreaming PB options - so developing a cross-Scotland and cross-European partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at nine meetings, verbal contributions, discussion and analysis; use of all partners' premises for meetings; one partner leads on co-ordination of meetings; input of professional expertise in order to make evaluation framework relevant in Glasgow context; group members feeding in learning from Paris to evaluation toolkit; group members consulting with public services outside the group about the draft toolkit. Nine people directly involved in the group and the visit to Paris, including one Councillor.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Participatory Budgeting concepts and evaluation choices. Paris visit, and related blogs reported elsewhere.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Participatory Budgeting Collaborative Action Research group 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Facilitation of action research group; supporting the group to read and evaluate national and international research and practice literature to inform discussions and decisions; supporting the group to decision on an evaluation framework for use in participatory budgeting projects across the City of Glasgow, Expert contribution to group by Oliver Escobar (WWS), enabling the group to make a fact-finding international visit to Paris, together with Fife CPP, in order to learn about mainstreaming PB options - so developing a cross-Scotland and cross-European partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at nine meetings, verbal contributions, discussion and analysis; use of all partners' premises for meetings; one partner leads on co-ordination of meetings; input of professional expertise in order to make evaluation framework relevant in Glasgow context; group members feeding in learning from Paris to evaluation toolkit; group members consulting with public services outside the group about the draft toolkit. Nine people directly involved in the group and the visit to Paris, including one Councillor.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Participatory Budgeting concepts and evaluation choices. Paris visit, and related blogs reported elsewhere.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Participatory Budgeting Collaborative Action Research group 
Organisation Glasgow Life
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Facilitation of action research group; supporting the group to read and evaluate national and international research and practice literature to inform discussions and decisions; supporting the group to decision on an evaluation framework for use in participatory budgeting projects across the City of Glasgow, Expert contribution to group by Oliver Escobar (WWS), enabling the group to make a fact-finding international visit to Paris, together with Fife CPP, in order to learn about mainstreaming PB options - so developing a cross-Scotland and cross-European partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at nine meetings, verbal contributions, discussion and analysis; use of all partners' premises for meetings; one partner leads on co-ordination of meetings; input of professional expertise in order to make evaluation framework relevant in Glasgow context; group members feeding in learning from Paris to evaluation toolkit; group members consulting with public services outside the group about the draft toolkit. Nine people directly involved in the group and the visit to Paris, including one Councillor.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Participatory Budgeting concepts and evaluation choices. Paris visit, and related blogs reported elsewhere.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Participatory Budgeting Collaborative Action Research group 
Organisation NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Facilitation of action research group; supporting the group to read and evaluate national and international research and practice literature to inform discussions and decisions; supporting the group to decision on an evaluation framework for use in participatory budgeting projects across the City of Glasgow, Expert contribution to group by Oliver Escobar (WWS), enabling the group to make a fact-finding international visit to Paris, together with Fife CPP, in order to learn about mainstreaming PB options - so developing a cross-Scotland and cross-European partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at nine meetings, verbal contributions, discussion and analysis; use of all partners' premises for meetings; one partner leads on co-ordination of meetings; input of professional expertise in order to make evaluation framework relevant in Glasgow context; group members feeding in learning from Paris to evaluation toolkit; group members consulting with public services outside the group about the draft toolkit. Nine people directly involved in the group and the visit to Paris, including one Councillor.
Impact Development of relationships with multi-agency partners in developing early stages of research project. Sensitising participants to Participatory Budgeting concepts and evaluation choices. Paris visit, and related blogs reported elsewhere.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Thriving Places Collaborative Action Research Case Study group 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Training of group members in case studies and qualitative research skills; facilitation of group discussions on their research choices; supervision of research design and writing. Three case studies completed; two to be published through WWS website with agreement of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise of six group members (five workers and one community activist) in their professions and communities; use of premises for meetings; skills in communication and learning, allowing collaborative learning to happen within the group; skills in conducting research; skills in report writing; time away from front-line roles to participate in group.
Impact Impact on members networks: meeting as a group, crossing Thriving Places areas; potential impact on skills in interpreting and conducting qualitative research. Publication of two complete case studies by two group members anticipated in April 2017.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Thriving Places Collaborative Action Research Case Study group 
Organisation Glasgow Life
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Training of group members in case studies and qualitative research skills; facilitation of group discussions on their research choices; supervision of research design and writing. Three case studies completed; two to be published through WWS website with agreement of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise of six group members (five workers and one community activist) in their professions and communities; use of premises for meetings; skills in communication and learning, allowing collaborative learning to happen within the group; skills in conducting research; skills in report writing; time away from front-line roles to participate in group.
Impact Impact on members networks: meeting as a group, crossing Thriving Places areas; potential impact on skills in interpreting and conducting qualitative research. Publication of two complete case studies by two group members anticipated in April 2017.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Thriving Places Collaborative Action Research Case Study group 
Organisation NG Homes
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Training of group members in case studies and qualitative research skills; facilitation of group discussions on their research choices; supervision of research design and writing. Three case studies completed; two to be published through WWS website with agreement of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise of six group members (five workers and one community activist) in their professions and communities; use of premises for meetings; skills in communication and learning, allowing collaborative learning to happen within the group; skills in conducting research; skills in report writing; time away from front-line roles to participate in group.
Impact Impact on members networks: meeting as a group, crossing Thriving Places areas; potential impact on skills in interpreting and conducting qualitative research. Publication of two complete case studies by two group members anticipated in April 2017.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Thriving Places Collaborative Action Research Case Study group 
Organisation NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Training of group members in case studies and qualitative research skills; facilitation of group discussions on their research choices; supervision of research design and writing. Three case studies completed; two to be published through WWS website with agreement of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise of six group members (five workers and one community activist) in their professions and communities; use of premises for meetings; skills in communication and learning, allowing collaborative learning to happen within the group; skills in conducting research; skills in report writing; time away from front-line roles to participate in group.
Impact Impact on members networks: meeting as a group, crossing Thriving Places areas; potential impact on skills in interpreting and conducting qualitative research. Publication of two complete case studies by two group members anticipated in April 2017.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Glasgow Thriving Places Collaborative Action Research Case Study group 
Organisation Sanctuary Housing Association
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Training of group members in case studies and qualitative research skills; facilitation of group discussions on their research choices; supervision of research design and writing. Three case studies completed; two to be published through WWS website with agreement of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise of six group members (five workers and one community activist) in their professions and communities; use of premises for meetings; skills in communication and learning, allowing collaborative learning to happen within the group; skills in conducting research; skills in report writing; time away from front-line roles to participate in group.
Impact Impact on members networks: meeting as a group, crossing Thriving Places areas; potential impact on skills in interpreting and conducting qualitative research. Publication of two complete case studies by two group members anticipated in April 2017.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Improvement and effectiveness 
Organisation Education Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Support and research on the pilot of Area-based scrutiny.
Collaborator Contribution Pilot of Area-Based scrutiny and on-going engagement re the development of inspection and scrutiny.
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description Informing Participatory Budgeting processes in Scotland 
Organisation Glasgow Center for Population Health (GCPH)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Review of policy context in Scotland and national and international research on Participatory Budgeting
Collaborator Contribution Review of national and international research on Participatory Budgeting
Impact Output so far: Report publication: "Participatory budgeting in Scotland: an overview of strategic design choices and principles for effective delivery". Disciplines: urban studies, policy studies, political science
Start Year 2015
 
Description International collaborative learning between public services in Scotland and Paris on Participatory Budgeting 
Organisation Fife Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In December 2016, WWS coordinated a 2-day fact-finding visit on Participatory Budgeting for three public services officers and a councillor from Glasgow and three public service workers from Fife. Glasgow were already involved with Collaborative Action Research with WWS to devise a PB Evaluation Toolkit; and both Fife and Glasgow were at contemplation stage on mainstreaming PB. For two days, the workers visited Paris, Europe's leading city for mainstreaming PB, and met with the Paris PB Steering group, the PB lead officer for Paris, and PB practitioners in Paris. WWS liaised for 5 months with Paris officers to organise the visit (dates, protocols on social media usage, engaging an interpreter), and WWS collaborated with the officers from Fife and Glasgow to decide priorities for the visit. WWS organised for the visit to be filmed; wrote a blog afterwards, and co-ordinated blogs from both Glasgow and Fife.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow and Fife decided on the specific staff to attend the visit, based on their own local PB priorities. They each influenced the priorities for the agenda for the visit. They both provided gifts to Paris. They both wrote blogs specifying their learning from the visit and all participants interviewed for the visit video. With WWS encouragement, they each met with Mr Ari Brodach, PB lead for Paris, when he visited Scotland in February 2017 to sustain their European relationship. Since the visit Glasgow and Fife have been in close contact about their next PB steps, the visit stimulating a new cross-CPP policy and practice learning relationship on PB in Scotland. The international learning and relationships developed in the 2-day visit are therefore being sustained.
Impact Three blogs present three different lenses on the visit from Team Fife, Team Glasgow, and Glasgow University/What Works Scotland: 1. Perceptions, participation and parallels from a Fife perspective http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/paris-and-participatory-budgeting-perceptions-participation-and-parallels-from-a-fife-perspective/ 2. Reflections from Glasgow on the PB study visit to Paris http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/paris-and-participatory-budgeting-reflections-from-glasgow-on-the-pb-study-visit-to-paris/ 3. Three Insights into how public services learn on international visits http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/paris-and-participatory-budgeting-three-insights-into-how-public-services-learn-on-international-visits/ One member of the visit team from Fife, Coryn Barclay, also translated a French document on PB into English - this has now been disseminated in Paris to inform English-speaking Parisians about PB via the Paris PB Facebook page: Ambassadeurs du Budget participatif, also available at: https://pbnetwork.org.uk/participatory-budgeting-what-are-parisians-dreaming-about/
Start Year 2016
 
Description International collaborative learning between public services in Scotland and Paris on Participatory Budgeting 
Organisation Glasgow City Council
Department Democratic Services
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In December 2016, WWS coordinated a 2-day fact-finding visit on Participatory Budgeting for three public services officers and a councillor from Glasgow and three public service workers from Fife. Glasgow were already involved with Collaborative Action Research with WWS to devise a PB Evaluation Toolkit; and both Fife and Glasgow were at contemplation stage on mainstreaming PB. For two days, the workers visited Paris, Europe's leading city for mainstreaming PB, and met with the Paris PB Steering group, the PB lead officer for Paris, and PB practitioners in Paris. WWS liaised for 5 months with Paris officers to organise the visit (dates, protocols on social media usage, engaging an interpreter), and WWS collaborated with the officers from Fife and Glasgow to decide priorities for the visit. WWS organised for the visit to be filmed; wrote a blog afterwards, and co-ordinated blogs from both Glasgow and Fife.
Collaborator Contribution Glasgow and Fife decided on the specific staff to attend the visit, based on their own local PB priorities. They each influenced the priorities for the agenda for the visit. They both provided gifts to Paris. They both wrote blogs specifying their learning from the visit and all participants interviewed for the visit video. With WWS encouragement, they each met with Mr Ari Brodach, PB lead for Paris, when he visited Scotland in February 2017 to sustain their European relationship. Since the visit Glasgow and Fife have been in close contact about their next PB steps, the visit stimulating a new cross-CPP policy and practice learning relationship on PB in Scotland. The international learning and relationships developed in the 2-day visit are therefore being sustained.
Impact Three blogs present three different lenses on the visit from Team Fife, Team Glasgow, and Glasgow University/What Works Scotland: 1. Perceptions, participation and parallels from a Fife perspective http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/paris-and-participatory-budgeting-perceptions-participation-and-parallels-from-a-fife-perspective/ 2. Reflections from Glasgow on the PB study visit to Paris http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/paris-and-participatory-budgeting-reflections-from-glasgow-on-the-pb-study-visit-to-paris/ 3. Three Insights into how public services learn on international visits http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/paris-and-participatory-budgeting-three-insights-into-how-public-services-learn-on-international-visits/ One member of the visit team from Fife, Coryn Barclay, also translated a French document on PB into English - this has now been disseminated in Paris to inform English-speaking Parisians about PB via the Paris PB Facebook page: Ambassadeurs du Budget participatif, also available at: https://pbnetwork.org.uk/participatory-budgeting-what-are-parisians-dreaming-about/
Start Year 2016
 
Description Joint Economics of Prevention Seminars 
Organisation NHS Scotland
Department Health Economics Network For Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A series of Seminars for Community Planning Partnerships, Economists, Health Economists, Public Service Practitioners and Policy Makers to explore how services can be redesigned to take account of prevention with an emphasis on the economics of this approach. 2 seminars were held in Glasgow in 2015 with a total of 89 attendees. The seminars have so far looked at topics such as: - economics of prevention - impact of prevention strategies in health in pregnancy - prevention in housing - learnings from prevention projects in crime and social justice
Collaborator Contribution Joint preparation of seminars, including engaging speakers. Part funding events along with WWS.
Impact 2 seminars held in Glasgow in 2015 2 blogs: - http://whatworksscotland.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/the-economics-of-prevention-ways-of.html http://whatworksscotland.blogspot.co.uk/2015_06_01_archive.html
Start Year 2015
 
Description Making Data Meaningful 
Organisation West Dunbartonshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This is a research collaboration with the community planning partnership in West Dumbartonshire. We have contributed a postdoctoral researcher who has interviewed local staff, communities to examine how people understand evidence and data and how data is used in local decision-making.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners in the local community planning partnership have provided access to staf time, interview rooms and contacts.
Impact The interview data from this project and is currently being analysed. initial findings will be shared with the Scottish government in March.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Networks and partnerships- polycentric governance in public service settings (education) 
Organisation Columbia University
Department Teachers College
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Arrangement and hosting of Public Lecture for policy and practitioner audiences. Arrangement and hosting of joint visits to Scottish and English schools including academy chains in England. Engagement with the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL) Fellows (senior headteachers) to discuss issues of leadership and governance.
Collaborator Contribution Delivery of lecture to public policy and practitioner professionals Joint visits to Schools and discussions with SCEL fellows.
Impact Public lecture
Start Year 2015
 
Description Networks and partnerships- polycentric governance in public service settings (education) 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Arrangement and hosting of Public Lecture for policy and practitioner audiences. Arrangement and hosting of joint visits to Scottish and English schools including academy chains in England. Engagement with the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL) Fellows (senior headteachers) to discuss issues of leadership and governance.
Collaborator Contribution Delivery of lecture to public policy and practitioner professionals Joint visits to Schools and discussions with SCEL fellows.
Impact Public lecture
Start Year 2015
 
Description Partnership with CVS Inverclyde on designing a model of community wealth building 
Organisation CVS Inverclyde
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I have codesigned and written my grant application for the EU/SG Social Innovation Fund with CVS in Inverclyde. The aim over there Grant application is to research and co-design a model of community wealth building that might provide a model for other areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner CVS Inverclyde are the lead applicants on this bid and invited me to participate.
Impact We are awaiting the outcome of our grant application. If we are unsuccessful we will seek other avenues for funding and support to develop this work.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Public Service Leadership 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A series of meetings to explore the concept of 'public service leadership' beyond the boundaries of individual professions or services. Seminar with a range of public service leaders to explore the notion of an Institute for Public Service Leadership. The development of an MPhil to PhD academic pathway for senior public service leaders.
Collaborator Contribution Conceptual development and design of seminar and co-hosting of events
Impact Organisation of Public Leadership Seminar planned for spring 2016 Design of MPhil - Phd Pathway
Start Year 2015
 
Description Public Service Leadership 
Organisation University of Stirling
Department ProPEL (Professional Practice, Education and Learning)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A series of meetings to explore the concept of 'public service leadership' beyond the boundaries of individual professions or services. Seminar with a range of public service leaders to explore the notion of an Institute for Public Service Leadership. The development of an MPhil to PhD academic pathway for senior public service leaders.
Collaborator Contribution Conceptual development and design of seminar and co-hosting of events
Impact Organisation of Public Leadership Seminar planned for spring 2016 Design of MPhil - Phd Pathway
Start Year 2015
 
Description Rapid Evidence Review process for health and social care 
Organisation NHS Scotland
Department Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As What Works Scotland partners, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) will explore and consider ways of building on their respective evidence review processes with a view to developing a process to provide appraised, accessible and action-oriented evidence reviews for health and social care professionals. CRFR will share it's Evidence Bank evidence review process and tools, contribute expertise on writing for knowledge exchange for social policy and practice, jointly develop an evidence review process for health and social care with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and co-produce an evidence review to pilot that process.
Collaborator Contribution Healthcare Improvement Scotland will identify an evidence gap at the interface of health and social care, share their rapid review process for healthcare, jointly develop an evidence review process for health and social care with CRFR, and co-produce an evidence review to pilot that process.
Impact Outputs will include a an evidence review process for health and social care, an evidence review, an evidence briefing and a project learning report.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Resettlement of Syrian refugees in West Dunbartonshire 
Organisation West Dunbartonshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have provided two researchers with expertise in refugee resettlement
Collaborator Contribution Contacts with local services and new refugee families. Helped to facilitate the setup of interviews for this research project.
Impact Fieldwork has only just finished and we are now writing up the results.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Review of the National Standards for Community engagement 
Organisation Scottish Community Development Centre
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution My main contribution so far has entailed: -attending 4 strategic meetings regarding: developing the plan for the review, contributing to the research design, ongoing monitoring of data analysis, and a forthcoming Reference Group for the final stage of the process -organising a Policy Reunion on the National Standards for Community Engagement in August 2015, which sold out and featured 50 participants including community engagement practitioners, policymakers and researchers, as well as the Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment. This was the 'official' launch of the Review, hosted by What Works Scotland. -ongoing data analysis and review of the drafts of the new Standards.
Collaborator Contribution Data collection has been carried out by Scottish Community Development Centre staff. The research comprises: a survey, focus groups, workshops and test sites for the new Standards. SCDC has also convened and organised meeting with numerous partners involved in the process including public and third sector organisations and community groups. SCDC obtained £30,000 from the Scottish Government to carry out this work, following a joint proposal by SCDC and What Works Scotland, on the basis that the funding goes to support SCDC stuff and WWS contributes in kind including my time.
Impact So far: -blog post and video: http://whatworksscotland.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/the-national-standards-for-community_16.html Forthcoming: -The new National Standards for Community Engagement will be published to accompany forthcoming guidance on the implementation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 -a report about the process and the data generated will be published by What Works Scotland This is a multidisciplinary project involving community development and education, and political science
Start Year 2015
 
Description Using evidence in strategic development: Child Poverty 
Organisation South Ayrshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution What Works Scotland's Evidence to Action workstream is working with South Ayrshire Council to support evidence-informed decision making in the areas of early intervention and prevention. The project will focus on child poverty and address: 1. What are the causes of child poverty and what early trigger signs can indicate risk of poverty? 2. During pregnancy and in the early years and primary school years: a. What factors can mitigate the effects of child poverty? b. What factors can prevent child poverty? We have conducted a literature review and presented it to the Early Intervention and Prevention Working Group of South Ayrshire Council (SAC)
Collaborator Contribution SAC worked with us to define the topic, reviewed the literature review, and are co-hosting a learning event for local partners.
Impact Actions to Prevent and Mitigate Child Poverty in South Ayrshire Communuty Planning partnership: literature review
Start Year 2016
 
Description WWS Knowledge Hub 
Organisation Improvement Service
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution WWS is working with the Knowledge Hub to increase and diversify the knowledge accessible through the Hub, for example by contributing independently appraised research summaries, evidence-based approaches to public service reform.
Collaborator Contribution The Knowledge Hub team has supported WWS to create a Knowledge Hub to access and communicate with the public sector, policy makers, practitioners and influencers. They will provide on-going support to consider how to best utilise the Hub for reach and impact, including how it could support an Evidence Hub for WWS.
Impact WWS Knowledge Hub group, in development
Start Year 2015
 
Description West Dunbartonshire Data Advisory Group 
Organisation Glasgow Center for Population Health (GCPH)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution West Dunbartonshire is one of four national case sites where WWS are researching public service reform in community planning through a process of collaborative action research. The purpose of this project is to work with the community planning team in West Dunbartonshire to co-produce community profiles that can be used to improve the performance of public services, increase levels of local knowledge on the needs and assets of localities, and stimulate dialogue with local people on priorities for local action plans. The aim is to make statistical data at the micro-level more accessible, relevant and meaningful; and to contribute to a more informed approach to local decision-making both by communities and the CPP. At a local level the background to this project was the commitment from the West Dunbartonshire CPP to developing a new neighbourhood approach to service design and delivery (see the Community Planning West Dunbartonshire SOA 2014 - 17). This neighbourhood approach, currently being rolled out throughout West Dunbartonshire, is known locally as 'Your Community'. It involves a process of 'community profiling', which includes gathering and sharing local data. During preliminary discussions on the focus of the support from WWS, community planning officers identified community profiling as a priority area for collaboration. Community planning officers identified three areas where they required external support to produce the data indicators for each of the 17 communities defined in their locality planning model: First, specialist skills and technology in mapping and data analysis were needed to address the problem of finding comparable data at the local geographical scale and within the boundaries identified for locality planning. Second, in addition to production of a set of profiles, a key priority was to develop the skills and capacity of local officers to undertake the production of neighbourhood profiles for themselves. Third, the intention was for the CPP to use neighbourhood profiles as a tool to stimulate dialogue with local people on the needs and priorities for their area. Officers were concerned that the needs-led rather than asset-led nature of deprivation statistics could be a potential barrier to engaging with communities. On behalf of WWS, I led on the negotiation and facilitated the collaboration between the project partners. The outcome was an agreement to deliver a project to develop the analytical and GIS mapping skills and capacity of local staff and increase potential for a sustainable in-house approach to data profiling; produce 18 sets of indicators (profiles) for West Dunbartonshire; develop web-based access to profiles and interactive mapping; and improve the coordination and sharing of data within the community planning partnership.
Collaborator Contribution The project team have developed templates for indicators, suggested an initial set of indicators, and addressed a range of technical issues relating to local geographies and data. This included agreement on community council boundaries as the relevant local geography, agreeing a rational for aligning data and local geographies, and piloting an interactive tool and dash board for presentation of the profiles data on the West Dunbartonshire Community Planning website. The lead officer for West Dunbartonshire has written a project workplan, taken part in training on the use of the Tableau dashboard and held meetings with local partners to promote the project.
Impact Claire Bynner WWS and Bruce Whyte GCPH have written, a draft report on interim findings from What Works in Community Profiling. The report will form the basis of our shared input to a meeting with NHS NSS Local Intelligence Support Team and The Improvement Service. Following a meeting with the NSS Local Intelligence Support Team Manager, she asked if ISD could use the project as a predictive analytical case to inform their work with CPPs. Our intention is also to share interim findings from this project with national partners through the Scottish Government's Outcomes, Evidence and Performance Board. This work will be shared with Data analysts who work for the Chief Statistician of the Scottish government in a presentation to be given in March 2017
Start Year 2015
 
Description West Dunbartonshire Data Advisory Group 
Organisation NES/ISD NHS Education for Scotland/Information Services Division
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution West Dunbartonshire is one of four national case sites where WWS are researching public service reform in community planning through a process of collaborative action research. The purpose of this project is to work with the community planning team in West Dunbartonshire to co-produce community profiles that can be used to improve the performance of public services, increase levels of local knowledge on the needs and assets of localities, and stimulate dialogue with local people on priorities for local action plans. The aim is to make statistical data at the micro-level more accessible, relevant and meaningful; and to contribute to a more informed approach to local decision-making both by communities and the CPP. At a local level the background to this project was the commitment from the West Dunbartonshire CPP to developing a new neighbourhood approach to service design and delivery (see the Community Planning West Dunbartonshire SOA 2014 - 17). This neighbourhood approach, currently being rolled out throughout West Dunbartonshire, is known locally as 'Your Community'. It involves a process of 'community profiling', which includes gathering and sharing local data. During preliminary discussions on the focus of the support from WWS, community planning officers identified community profiling as a priority area for collaboration. Community planning officers identified three areas where they required external support to produce the data indicators for each of the 17 communities defined in their locality planning model: First, specialist skills and technology in mapping and data analysis were needed to address the problem of finding comparable data at the local geographical scale and within the boundaries identified for locality planning. Second, in addition to production of a set of profiles, a key priority was to develop the skills and capacity of local officers to undertake the production of neighbourhood profiles for themselves. Third, the intention was for the CPP to use neighbourhood profiles as a tool to stimulate dialogue with local people on the needs and priorities for their area. Officers were concerned that the needs-led rather than asset-led nature of deprivation statistics could be a potential barrier to engaging with communities. On behalf of WWS, I led on the negotiation and facilitated the collaboration between the project partners. The outcome was an agreement to deliver a project to develop the analytical and GIS mapping skills and capacity of local staff and increase potential for a sustainable in-house approach to data profiling; produce 18 sets of indicators (profiles) for West Dunbartonshire; develop web-based access to profiles and interactive mapping; and improve the coordination and sharing of data within the community planning partnership.
Collaborator Contribution The project team have developed templates for indicators, suggested an initial set of indicators, and addressed a range of technical issues relating to local geographies and data. This included agreement on community council boundaries as the relevant local geography, agreeing a rational for aligning data and local geographies, and piloting an interactive tool and dash board for presentation of the profiles data on the West Dunbartonshire Community Planning website. The lead officer for West Dunbartonshire has written a project workplan, taken part in training on the use of the Tableau dashboard and held meetings with local partners to promote the project.
Impact Claire Bynner WWS and Bruce Whyte GCPH have written, a draft report on interim findings from What Works in Community Profiling. The report will form the basis of our shared input to a meeting with NHS NSS Local Intelligence Support Team and The Improvement Service. Following a meeting with the NSS Local Intelligence Support Team Manager, she asked if ISD could use the project as a predictive analytical case to inform their work with CPPs. Our intention is also to share interim findings from this project with national partners through the Scottish Government's Outcomes, Evidence and Performance Board. This work will be shared with Data analysts who work for the Chief Statistician of the Scottish government in a presentation to be given in March 2017
Start Year 2015
 
Description West Dunbartonshire Data Advisory Group 
Organisation West Dunbartonshire Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution West Dunbartonshire is one of four national case sites where WWS are researching public service reform in community planning through a process of collaborative action research. The purpose of this project is to work with the community planning team in West Dunbartonshire to co-produce community profiles that can be used to improve the performance of public services, increase levels of local knowledge on the needs and assets of localities, and stimulate dialogue with local people on priorities for local action plans. The aim is to make statistical data at the micro-level more accessible, relevant and meaningful; and to contribute to a more informed approach to local decision-making both by communities and the CPP. At a local level the background to this project was the commitment from the West Dunbartonshire CPP to developing a new neighbourhood approach to service design and delivery (see the Community Planning West Dunbartonshire SOA 2014 - 17). This neighbourhood approach, currently being rolled out throughout West Dunbartonshire, is known locally as 'Your Community'. It involves a process of 'community profiling', which includes gathering and sharing local data. During preliminary discussions on the focus of the support from WWS, community planning officers identified community profiling as a priority area for collaboration. Community planning officers identified three areas where they required external support to produce the data indicators for each of the 17 communities defined in their locality planning model: First, specialist skills and technology in mapping and data analysis were needed to address the problem of finding comparable data at the local geographical scale and within the boundaries identified for locality planning. Second, in addition to production of a set of profiles, a key priority was to develop the skills and capacity of local officers to undertake the production of neighbourhood profiles for themselves. Third, the intention was for the CPP to use neighbourhood profiles as a tool to stimulate dialogue with local people on the needs and priorities for their area. Officers were concerned that the needs-led rather than asset-led nature of deprivation statistics could be a potential barrier to engaging with communities. On behalf of WWS, I led on the negotiation and facilitated the collaboration between the project partners. The outcome was an agreement to deliver a project to develop the analytical and GIS mapping skills and capacity of local staff and increase potential for a sustainable in-house approach to data profiling; produce 18 sets of indicators (profiles) for West Dunbartonshire; develop web-based access to profiles and interactive mapping; and improve the coordination and sharing of data within the community planning partnership.
Collaborator Contribution The project team have developed templates for indicators, suggested an initial set of indicators, and addressed a range of technical issues relating to local geographies and data. This included agreement on community council boundaries as the relevant local geography, agreeing a rational for aligning data and local geographies, and piloting an interactive tool and dash board for presentation of the profiles data on the West Dunbartonshire Community Planning website. The lead officer for West Dunbartonshire has written a project workplan, taken part in training on the use of the Tableau dashboard and held meetings with local partners to promote the project.
Impact Claire Bynner WWS and Bruce Whyte GCPH have written, a draft report on interim findings from What Works in Community Profiling. The report will form the basis of our shared input to a meeting with NHS NSS Local Intelligence Support Team and The Improvement Service. Following a meeting with the NSS Local Intelligence Support Team Manager, she asked if ISD could use the project as a predictive analytical case to inform their work with CPPs. Our intention is also to share interim findings from this project with national partners through the Scottish Government's Outcomes, Evidence and Performance Board. This work will be shared with Data analysts who work for the Chief Statistician of the Scottish government in a presentation to be given in March 2017
Start Year 2015
 
Description 'Fun, Food, Folk': The Centrestage approach to dignified food provision 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An event to launch and discuss research findings of WWS review of Centrestage's distinct approach to dignified food provision. More than 60 people from different Scottish Government, statutory, local authority and third sector organisations attended the event. A local MSP from the study area also attended and has arranged a follow-up meeting with research team members to discuss how to take this work forward. Further to this another Ayrshire MSP, Ruth Maguire also highlighted the report in a Scottish Parliamentary motion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/fun-food-folk-the-centrestage-approach-to-dignified-food-provi...
 
Description Aberdeenshire Collaborative Learning Day: Prevention and Preventative Spend (May 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Learning Day organised by Aberdeenshire CPP, WWS and NHS Scotland and held in Aberdeen; Morning sessions had a national focus; Afternoon sessions had a local Aberdeenshire Focus. Event facilitated by WWS and Ken Gibb from WWS gave a presentation in the morning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership and What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approx. 40 people from the public sector, third/community sectors and WWS participated in a collaborative learning day - focused on developing local policy and practice in relation to the implementation of public service reform, through discussion, presentations etc.

A draft scoping report has been produced via the Learning Day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/casesites/aberdeenshire/
 
Description Collaborative Action Research - Case Study Partners Retreat 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event brought groups of 6 participants from each of the Collaborative Action Research Case Study Areas (Aberdeenshire, Fife, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire) together in Edinburgh for 2 days to develop their research questions for each case study area, learn more about each of the local CPPs participating in this programme and gain greater understanding about the Collaborative Action Research methodology which is the tool being used to gather findings in each area.

Partners came away from the event with their Research Questions more developed and also with a greater understanding about the approach to be undertaken during the study.
from other case study areas. Participants strongly expressed appreciation of the value gained by being able to connect with practitioners from other case study areas in this environment away from the daily working environment and to have space to learn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Collaborative Action Research - Partners National Workshop and Information Sharing Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 5-6 participants from each of the Collaborative Action Research Case Study Areas (Aberdeenshire, Fife, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire) gathered in Perth for this 2 day, research development and learning event.

Partners from each case study area presented on key aspects of their research projects, and the WWS Research Team members also presented on common themes and the potential for shared learnings emerging from the first year of this project. There were also several opportunities for networking, reflective learning and future planning throughout both days.

Delegates highly valued to the opportunity to have space for reflective learning, and that they benefitted from hearing about the experiences from other case study areas. Participants strongly expressed appreciation of the value gained by being able to connect with practitioners from other case study areas in this environment away from the daily working environment and to have space to learn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2016
 
Description Community-led Action Planning Development Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The West Dunbartonshire Council Communities team working with What Works Scotland (WWS) organised a Development Day for community engagement practitioners held at Clydebank Town Hall on "9th October 2015. 30 practitioners attended. This was the start of a process on learning and developing community-led approaches. There will be further awareness raising and updates due to evolving policy and legislation around the Community Empowerment Act 2015.

Key Findings from the discussions during the day:
• The developing model will be an assets-based approach that aims to respond to community activity and aspirations and support community activism
• Five key factors were felt to be key to success: values and attitudes, resources, methods and skills, planning mechanisms, communication -
• There is some further information needed to develop action plans: more information on the priorities and needs of neighbourhoods, identifying community assets and anchors, local neighbourhood data, learning from success and failures of community engagement activities in the past, and learning from other areas.
• The process needs to be: inclusive, promote culture change to be more responsive to local people, link to existing groups as well as develop new partnerships, promote communication and provide clear evidence and objectives for action planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Community-led Approaches to Reducing Poverty: A Review of Evidence and Practice - Dundee and North East Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar offered the opportunity to review the latest evidence, practice and experiences in community-led approaches to reducing poverty.
There is increasing interest across the UK in supporting community-based activity to meet local needs. In Scotland, this focus on 'community-led approaches' is expressed in the Community Empowerment Act (2015). The main focus for this event was a presentation by Dr Richard Crisp, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, who spoke about the findings in his research report - Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice - which was carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This is the first comprehensive review of community-led activities and how these impact on poverty. The event in Dundee also included presentations on issues relevant to Dundee and the North East of Scotland in particular: Councillor Jimmy Black, Dundee Council, A Fair Way to Go: Report of the Dundee Fairness Commission; and Professor John McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University, Poverty in Scotland: Local opportunities for anti-poverty action in troubled and uncertain times?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/community-led-approaches-to-reducing-poverty-a-review-of-evide...
 
Description Community-led Approaches to Reducing Poverty: A Review of Evidence and Practice - in relation to Clydebank and West of Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event was delivered in collaboration with West Dunbartonshire Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

This seminar offered the opportunity to review the latest evidence, practice and experiences in community-led approaches to reducing poverty.

Get copies of reports and publications from the event, and see the reactions and reflections from the attendees.

There is increasing interest across the UK in supporting community-based activity to meet local needs. In Scotland, this focus on 'community-led approaches' is expressed in the Community Empowerment Act (2015).
The main focus was a presentation by Dr Richard Crisp, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, who spoke about the findings in his research report - Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice - which was carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This is the first comprehensive review of community-led activities and how these impact on poverty.

The attendees had opportunities to: learn about the evidence review and discuss the findings first-hand with the lead author, Dr Richard Crisp
contribute to discussions on how community-led activities could be a mechanism to mitigate and reduce poverty; discuss approaches to addressing poverty with fellow experts and a panel of researchers and policymakers; find inspiration and evidence for their strategies and approaches.

The event also included an overview of the Community Profiling project undertaken in West Dunbartonshire by What Works Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, which developed area based data sets for each neighbourhood in West Dunbartonshire as a resource which can be used by policy makers and service providers to help in prioritising service delivery requirements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/community-led-approaches-to-reducing-poverty-a-review-of-evide...
 
Description Community-led Approaches to Tackling Poverty - Seminar on the JRF funded evidence review with the lead author - Dr Richard Crisp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I organised and convened this event in Clydebank Town Hall - a workshop of about 40 people from the public and voluntary sectors, plus academics and councillors.
The focus was on reviewing the evidence and practice concerning specifically community-led approaches to reducing poverty. Ostensibly, this was an opportunity to showcase Richard Crisp (Sheffield Hallam University) who led a team of researchers who carried out a formal evidence review for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This was also a chance to share the work with our What Works Scotland case study colleagues in West Dunbartonshire and also hear from other speakers including Bruce White from Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Professor Ken Gibb performed the role of rapporteur at the end of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://whatworksscotland.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/community-led-approaches-to-reducing.html#more
 
Description Community-led approaches to reducing poverty (Dundee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 23rd Sept 2016 I co-organised and chaired an event in Dundee exploring community-led approaches to tackling poverty. The event centred on a presentation from Richard Crisp (Sheffield Hallam academic), presentations from the Dundee Councillor (chair of Dundee fairness commission), Prof John Mckendrick (Glasgow Caledonian University), and a range of facilitated activities with practitioners and politicians from the across Scotland. The sessions sparked numerous discussions and debates, and influenced a number of people's thinking on the different ways to tackle poverty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Creating Effective Partnerships to Deliver Public Services 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop based on partnership tool kit with participants from across public sector, third sector, local authority and academic fields: looking at how the evidence relates to the audiences own experiences of partnership working.

Speakers:-
Kate Bell, Change and Innovation Manager, NHS Lanarkshire (Local Authority)
Eliot Stark, Chief Executive, STRiVE (third sector)
Paul Blackwood, Station Manager, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and leader of Operation Modulus (Community Planning Partnership)


Event also launched 'Partnership working in UK public services', an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland's Evidence Bank.

Objectives: -
- present findings from the new evidence review from What Works Scotland: 'Partnership working across UK public services'
- Reflect on and explore implications of the findings for partnership working with professionals from a range of sectors, including Scottish Government
- Examine how the evidence relates to your own setting and experiences of partnership working
- Identify opportunities to improve partnership working in your context,
Included the launch of 'Partnership working in UK public services', an accessible, action-oriented evidence review produced by What Works Scotland.
Participants included practitioners and representatives from Community Planning Partnerships, health and social care, local authorities; the third sector; and policy makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://creating-effective-partnerships.eventbrite.co.uk
 
Description Democratic Sector Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A day for participation practitioners to share ideas, projects and ambitions and develop a better understanding of this 'community of practice' in Scotland. The objectives were:
- Improve our understanding of the Democratic Sector in Scotland: Who is doing what and how?
- Discover opportunities for collaboration regarding research and practice

Event design was based on formats such as Open Space, Unconference and Dialogue Circles in order to be as interactive and productive as possible.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/democratic-sector-day-dsd-tickets-15597454406
 
Description Designing Public Policy for Co-production: Theory, Practice and Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact What Works Scotland and the Scottish Co-Production Network presented the launch of the book 'Designing public policy for co-production: Theory, practice and change', by Catherine Durose, University of Birmingham, and Liz Richardson, University of Manchester. This important book is a response to crises of public policy. Offering an original contribution to a growing debate, the authors argue that traditional technocratic ways of designing policy are inadequate to cope with increasingly complex challenges, and suggest co-production as a more democratic alternative.

Author Dr Catherine Durose is one of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners working on public policy and co-production in the UK. She is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Local Government Studies, and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, School of Government and Society University of Birmingham. Two 'keynote readers' from the public and third sectors gave their reflections on the book at the event. They were:

Hilda Campbell, chief executive officer, COPE Scotland
Elinor Mitchell, Head of the Public Service Reform Division, Scottish Government
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/designing-public-policy-for-co-production-theory-practice-and-...
 
Description European Policies Research Centre General Conference 2016 (Prague) - Claire Bynner and James Henderson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at EPCR Conference to Academic Researchers by 2 WWS Researchers (Claire Bynner and James Henderson) - drawing from Discussion Paper on Relational and Critical Approaches to Collaborative Action Research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Exploring evidence, tools and strategies to expand the scope of prevention in public services 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar summarised recent evidence on the economics of prevention that can be used to help to make these choices and discussed the challenges of developing effective strategies and tools to support prevention, preventative spend and reducing inequalities. The presentations were followed by facilitated table discussions to share learning, thinking and current developments.

This event was for people from the public and third/community sectors who work within or alongside community planning partnerships and health and social care partnerships on strategy, policy, service management and development and/or local partnership development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/exploring-evidence-tools-and-strategies-to-expand-the-scope-of...
 
Description Fife collaborative research 'retreat' Kirkcaldy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact One day workshop to develop collaborative working between different agencies and individuals involved in tackling wicked issues in Kirkcaldy, Fife. 35 practitioners attended the workshops to learn about collaborative inquiries, develop their research plans, and discuss future activities. The day sparked much activities after- including more collaborative meetings, data collection on local issues, and new members to the partnerships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/casesites/fife/
 
Description History of Community Planning Partnerships Policy Reunion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Three core participants from the development of CPPs - the relevant government minister, the head of COSLA and of the Accounts Commission (and former LA CEO) debated the development of the community planning system and engaged in dialogue with an invited audience. This was filmed , recorded and incorporated an externally written blog as well.

As a result of this event the audience reported change in views, opinions or behaviours i.e. the sense that the model developed was about planning not communities and that this is the converse of the way the process has evolved more recently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://policyscotland.gla.ac.uk/video-policy-reunion-community-planning-partnerships/
 
Description Innovation and Equity: Working Together for Educational Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Professor Penny Wohlstetter,
Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis, Teacher's College,
Columbia University, New York - which highlighted her experiences of introducing systematic changes within the education sector from an American perspective, to an audience of 50-60 from the fields of eduction, academia and local authorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://innovation-educational-change.eventbrite.co.uk
 
Description International Experiences in Participatory Budgeting: A Session with Giovanni Allegretti 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar, hosted by Oliver Escobar from What Works Scotland, was an opportunity to hear about international participatory budgeting experiences and the comparisons with current developments in Scotland. Giovanni Allegretti, Senior Researcher, Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, presented on International Experiences in Participatory Budgeting. Kathleen Glazik, participatory budgeting lead at the Scottish Government, provided reaction to Giovanni's presentation as well as reflections about the future of participatory budgeting in Scotland.

There was also the opportunity to discuss of the principles and practicalities of participatory budgeting, including emerging challenges and exciting prospects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/international-experiences-in-participatory-budgeting-a-session...
 
Description Keynote State of the Art Session at 29th International Congress for International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote 'State of the Art' presentation to the ICSEI Congress, a community of researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Purpose was to share a range of research and policy perspectives on Health and Wellbeing, Economics, Housing and Pubic Service Leadership with policymakers, practitioners and educational researchers to stimulate thinking and debate as to how a broader interdisciplinary approach to educational improvement might yield better rewards. The audience included over 600 participants from over 30 different countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.icsei.net/2016/index.php?id=1754
 
Description Keynote speaker at the Place Standard Alliance conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Your presentation was excellent .. many thanks again".( John Howie Organisational Lead -Place & Equity Team, NHS Health Scotland 14/12/2016)

"Your presentation really helped set the scene and the tone for the rest of the day - we've just been looking at the feedback forms and I don't think we've ever seen such a universally positive set of comments on an event" ( Kat Hasler, Health Improvement Manager - Place Standard, 14/12/2016)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.healthscotland.scot/news/2016/december/place-standard-alliance-event
 
Description Keyword Partnership 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contributions by WWS team members to this ESRC funded workshop on partnership run by Policy Scotland on 3rd June, included a session about partnership working within Community groups by WWS Research Associate Claire Bynner; http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Keyword-Seminar-Claire-Bynner-Alex-Meikle-presentation.pdf; and presentation on partnership working in research by WWS Co-Director, Sarah Morton: http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Keyword-Seminar-Sarah-Morton-Presentation-Keywords.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/publications/presentations/
 
Description Locked Out, Locked In: Young People, Adulthood and Desistance from Crime 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this What Works Scotland seminar, Briege Nugent presented findings from a qualitative study of young people living in poverty, providing unique insight into their lives.

The research set out to explore: how young people end contact (successfully or not) with services; their experiences and views of the 'transition to adulthood'; and also what triggered, helped and hindered those who were trying to desist from offending. They were all acutely aware of their precarious situation and in many ways had accepted or blamed themselves for their unequal position. In many ways, for them social justice simply does not exist. Briege Nugent called for renewed hope so that inaction and continued poverty and inequality are not rendered inevitable.

Her presentation was followed by reflections from Karen McCulloch from Includem, and open discussion on key issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/events/locked-out-locked-in-young-people-adulthood-and-desistance-fro...
 
Description Meeting with with the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was invited to discuss my findings with the Chief Executive and the Head of Democratic Services of the local authority (Glasgow City Council), director of Policy Scotland and PI of What Works Scotland. An email that followed from the Head of Democratic Services stated that he "was impressed by the insights from Claire." This led to an invitation to give a talk to senior officers from Council and partners including housing and third sectors and local Councillors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description National Community Planning Conference presentation: What Works in Place-based Approaches? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Place' underpins the four P's of public service reform in the Scottish model. This presentation aimed to highlight the lessons learnt from past attempts at developing place-based approaches examining evidence to support eight design principles for approaches most likely to achieve outcomes. Participants were invited to consider the strength and weaknesses of their own place-based approaches and discuss how CPP's can develop a better understanding of place and work more effectively with local communities. Following the conference three public and third sector organisations asked for a follow-up presentation to groups in their local areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/06/5337
 
Description National Participation Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact WWS Team members led events and seminars at this National Conference in Edinburgh, hosted by Sara
Hosted by Sarah Davidson, Director General Communities.

Governments around the world are experimenting with ways to involve people and communities in decisions that affect their lives. This event was an opportunity to hear about a range of examples and explore how we can apply the learning in our work.
Guest speakers:

Contributions from WWS team included: Oliver Escobar as part of an expert panel in table discussions about how we can transform public services in Scotland by involving people in the decisions that affect their lives; and a presentation by James Mitchell about successful participation in Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-participation-and-citizen-ownership-tickets-16912978173
 
Description Panellist at: Healing divided societies: can open government work? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Event description
With the recent rise in inequality, there has been a fracturing of societies in Europe and the United States. In the UK, there has been a worrying prominence given to the idea of 'deserving' and 'undeserving' groups of people. This has been a core theme behind the changes to the welfare system and, through the Brexit debate and threat of repeal of the Human Rights Act, appears to be becoming more central to political thinking.
During this time in Scotland, charities and government alike have taken an increasingly internationalist position. This has included supporting the Sustainable Development goals, and pushing Scotland's participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP is an international platform for domestic reformers committed to more open, accountable, and responsive government.
Scotland has recently been awarded pioneer status and must deliver an action plan in partnership with Scottish civil society. This means the third sector is in a great position to champion its values of equality, inclusion and participation. Can open government provide an answer to rising inequality and polarising public attitudes? We will attempt to answer this, with a particular focus on Scotland and how to include those who feel ignored by decision makers.
Event aims
• To make those in the room aware of Scotland's special status within the global open government movement, and of why this matters to the third sector.
• To make those in the room aware of Sustainable Development Goals, and of why the open government movement is essential to the delivery of these.
• To understand the context of societal change and what works in building dialogue and bridging divides between people and communities.
• To initiate discussion about how we can use Scotland's special status to develop our use of technology, activism and scrutiny in building capacity of citizens to re-engage in their democracy.
• To provide an opportunity for the wider third sector to engage in the ongoing discussion on open government, and how this should look and feel in Scotland.

Following the panel four people approached me for more information on my research and on What Works Scotland. Emily Beardsmore contacted me and asked if I would be a speaker for them in a series of talks at Milk - Milk is social enterprise cafe based in Govanhill, which provides a safe, supportive environment where ethnic minority women can receive work experience and english language classes, as well as taking part in various community integration projects.
Feedback from Paul Bradley policy officer at SCVO: "Thank you, Claire. Really pleased you was able to join us for the session - your piece about 'sitting in the fire' really stuck with me. It was a really good panel - I hope you'll join us again when the opportunity arises."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation in the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) Expert Workshop on the future of public services 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The PPIW workshop which brought together some of the UK's leading public management experts with Welsh Government officials to discuss the challenges facing public services, existing evidence about the most effective ways of addressing these challenges and the most important gaps in the evidence base.
• The experts concluded that the challenges confronting public services in Wales cannot be addressed without significant reform.
• They agreed that there is no universal theory of public service improvement which can be applied to all services and in all contexts. However, there is a wealth of practical knowledge about what works.

My key contribution from the learning at WWs was to emphasize the importance of Context. A one size fits all approach will not work even in a relatively small country like Wales.Programmes need to be adapted so that they meet the needs of different communities and different groups of service users.

A report summarises the findings of the PPIW workshop is available online
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ppiw.org.uk/ppiw-report-publication-improving-public-services/
 
Description Presentation for the Public Health Information Network Scotland annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This annual conference of the public health information network for Scotland was live streamed from the Royal concert hall in Glasgow. Over hundred attendees where the audience for the presentation as well as others online. I was one of number of speakers on a panel and the presentations were followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Following this event I was invited by the Fiona Moss, head of Health Improvement for Glasgow to give a similar presentation for their conference of health improvement officers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation (Aberdeen City Community Planning Partnership) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Delivered a presentation on the results of a What Works Evidence Review on spreading 'what works'. The presentation was to about 20 members of Aberdeen City Community Planning Parntnership which comprises local politicians and leaders of local government and local public services.

As a result of this presentation, we were asked to design a framework to help practitioners in planning and implementing spread. The Community Planning Partnership Board has mandated the use of the WWS framework for all proposals to spread public service interventions or initiatives across the city, and will now only sanction spread activity based on the framework. Four projects to-date have come forward to the CPP Board applying the WWS spread framework.

The first project to use the spread framework in Aberdeen City is seeking to spread a multi-agency approach to improving outcomes for vulnerable families across all parts of the city - the 'Priority Families project'. The lead for that project has identified that the use of the WWS spread framework has changed practice in four specific areas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at the Understanding Govanhill Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 9th February 2017 I gave a presentation of findings to a strategic group of partners from the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership in a seminar entitled 'Understanding Govanhill' . The aim of the session on 'Understanding Govanhill' is to examine the evidence to inform projections for strategic planning/ recommendations.

Feedback following the meeting received from a senior officer of Glasgow City Council

"Many thanks for your comments but more so for your presentation yesterday which set the scene and got a few in the room, including our Chief Executive, Anne Marie, thinking. We really need people to grasp the bigger picture and critical to this is properly researched and presented information which people can understand....you gave us that!"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation on Place-based approaches for the 'Getting it Right for Broomhill' project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following a presentation I gave to a National CPP conference, I was asked to give a presentation to a partnership of public and third sector organisations in Inverclyde. The Broomhill area of Greenock in Inverclyde is being targeted for regeneration from a variety of organisations particularly Registered Social Landlords and Inverclyde Council. The partnership has been set up to deliver an asset-based locality planning approach that will involve communities in the planning and design of improvements to the area, better co-ordinated services and partnership working, as well as identifying how communities themselves can contribute to local regeneration.

Email from the Chair of the group following the presentation:
"Hi Claire, thank you so much for the excellent presentation and offer of support for the evaluability assessment, I think this will really strengthen our case. You certainly have given us food for thought, we are going to develop the Mental Health and Wellbeing focus, and the Theory of Change principles to how we take this forward."

Following this initial contact with the Getting it Right in Broomhill project it was agreed that the project will be included as a Case Study in the What Works in Economic Regeneration programme lead by Professor Kenneth Gibb.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation on evaluability assessment at Scottish School of Primary Care 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation on evaluability assessment at What Works Scotland National Retreat 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation on evaluability assessment to South West Peninsula Public Health Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to Govanhill Housing Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 29th August 2016 I gave a presentation of my findings to the Govanhill Housing Association staff and officers from Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City. This sparked follow up meetings and discussion with the Community Development Trust
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2016
 
Description Presentation to the Govanhill Neighbourhood Partnership 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 21st July 2016, I gave a presentation of my findings to the local neighbourhood partnership (Govanhill Neighbourhood Partnership) responsible for overseeing a strategic plan for the neighbourhood in which i conducted my research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentations at Regional events on well-being assessment for Public Services Boards with Dr Richard Brunner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • The Welsh Government's Partnerships and Transformation Division, together with Government Social Researchers, have been offering support direct to PSBs around well-being Assessment over the last two years. The regional workshops were the latest offer of support to PSBs. The starting point for inviting WWS for a plenary slot was the fact that Scotland has begun developing a model of joint working between academia and public services, which is of great interest in Wales. The topics/questions where PSBs particularly valued an external perspective:
o How Scotland has/will continue to build the relationships between academia and public services;
o The benefits this has brought for both public services and the academic community;
o What sorts of topic areas does WWS work on and how are these selected?
o Has there been a discernible impact on the way public services use evidence and for what purposes?
o Has the work of WWS prompted any discernible shifts in thinking or approaches to service delivery in Scotland?
o What impact has the collaboration had/beginning to have on analytical capacity in Scottish public services?
o Particular case studies/examples which demonstrate how it has worked and what it has produced.
o The use of contribution analysis and its merit in designing and assessing collaborative action.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Service Reform in Health and Social Care: Norwegian and Scottish experiences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar in Edinburgh explored the reform of health and social care services in Norway and Scotland and considered how this learning can help us understand What Works in our own local contexts with presentations delivered by:
- Professor Helge Ramsdal, Dr Guro Huby, Ostfold University College, Norway: Never-ending Reforms - Collaboration in Health and Social Care in Norway
- Dr Ailsa Cook, What Works Scotland, University of Edinburgh: Public Service Reform in Health and Social Care: Norwegian and Scottish Experiences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/publications/presentations/
 
Description Seminar - Policy Making Does Anyone Care? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Many people represent national or local government in their work. The image of a civil servant is someone who is efficient and detached, and as professionals would be expected to be neutral. However, most people working in public services do so because they care about the issues they work on.

This presentation summarised the research findings by WWS Research Fellow Rosemary Anderson based on her interviews with public servants about the emotional aspects of their work. In this seminar she highlighted the issues involved in presenting a professional face, whilst also dealing with the emotional content of dealing with real people on a day to day basis. Her WWS Thinkpiece publication 'Policy making: does anyone care?' summarises these issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/WWSthinkpiece-RAnderson.pdf
 
Description Series of 3 Lectures on Taking a Distributed Approach to Leadership 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A series of lectures by visiting Professor Jim Spillane, Professor in Learning and Organizational Change at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, which included a lunch time seminar for senior leaders in Fife Council other public services (eg. Police, Fire etc)
held in Kirkcaldy Town Hall, and an evening lecture policy and practice audiences, held at the University of Glasgow.

See blog about distributed leadership here: http://whatworksscotland.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/taking-distributed-perspective-to_9.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Jim-Spillane.pdf
 
Description Setting Priorities in Health and Social Care Integration: Economic and Provider Perspectives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar organised in partnership with NHS Health Economics Network for up to 60 delegates from a range of health, social care, policy and third sector organisations which explored approaches to priority setting in health and social care. Presentations included Government, economics and provider perspectives on a recent project developing priority setting in health and social care.

Presentations in the morning provided both policy and providers' perspectives on prioritisation and the afternoon sessions included lively discussions considering learnings from these examples which may be of value for practitioners in developing an approach that will allow them to identify the potential effect of shifting patterns of investment, and disinvestment, within and between programmes of activity - in terms of outcomes for patients and service users, and effective resource use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://economics-of-prevention-hsci.eventbrite.co.uk
 
Description Social Impact Tool - Assessing the Impact of Service Cuts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A workshop presenting the findings of a major research project which has examined how councils are managing austerity, introducing the Social Impact tool and looking in more detail at how this Social Impact Tool could be used.

The workshop included examples of how the social impact tool could be used within practitioners' own practice area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/cost-cuts-social-impact-tool-local-authorities
 
Description Stakeholder Survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We conducted a stakeholder Survey to find out what impact the What Works Scotland Programme had achieved in the previous year
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Using evidence to develop public services 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A half day workshop in Edinburgh to explore the issues and challenges of using different kinds of evidence to inform action. It provided an opportunity to think about how to use evidence, and give some concrete examples of how others have successfully applied evidence to their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description WWS Twitter Account and Email Subscribers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact WWS has an active twitter account which we use to update followers on events, activities and publications, as well as highlighting news which may be of interest to our followers.

As at 9th March 2016 we have 781 twitter followers. We also have over 600 subscribers to our mailing list to receive updates about WWS events and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://twitter.com/WWScot
 
Description Workshop on joint-working between Third Sector and Researchers in North-East Scotland (Aberdeen, Jan 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact SCVO organised event in Aberdeen bringing together third sector organisations and researchers in public and academic sectors. WWS Researcher present on WWS Research Programme and WWS work with Aberdeenshire CPP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description spreading 'what works' in public service delivery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar and workshop which brought together a wide range of professionals, decision makers and service providers to examine how to successfully spread public service intervention; to hear about examples of projects and programmes proven to be effective at a small-scale, or in a particular setting, and identify the barriers and enablers to successful spreading or scale-up.

This included:
- presentation of the international evidence review from What Works Scotland: 'Scaling up innovation', and how that evidence can inform planning for successful spread;
- the practical experience of using this evidence to plan for the city-wide scale-up of a multi-agency intervention with vulnerable families from a case study in Aberdeen;
- discussion of the implications of the findings and the impact of other settings and experiences.
- launch of tools created by What Works Scotland

Those taking part included: senior managers, decision-makers, and practitioners from organisations including Community Planning Partnerships, health and social care, local authorities, the third sector and civil servants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://spreading-what-works.eventbrite.co.uk