Place-based Working Project
The Place-based Working Project began in October 2017 – bringing together a cross-sector group of including organisations from the third sector, central and local government – to meet regularly and build a shared view of what place-based working means, understand how it has been applied, and improve practice and adoption of it in Scotland.
Directed by this group, further research was commissioned into case-studies of good practice (led by CollaborateCIC) and the measurement of place-based initiatives (undertaken by EKOS consulting). Findings from this work, our review of the literature and the deliberations of the group, were presented to a wider group of stakeholders at the end of March 2018.
The project has drawn to a close after a further eight months spent compiling a range of useful resources relevant to place-based working and the implementation of the Place Principle (agreed by Scottish Government and COSLA), and co-designing Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit with Scotland’s Towns Partnership in November 2018.
This project was funded by Scottish Government and convened by Corra Foundation.
Tools and Resources used in Place-based Working: Survey and Interview Responses
This report considers the tools and resources available and being used for place-based working in Scotland. We developed a survey and interviewed a range of place practitioners about what tools and approaches influenced the designs and evaluations of their place-based projects. The report reflects the learning from surveys and interviews and appendix A contains a list of the useful tools and resources to place-based working.
Place-based Working in Scotland
This booklet is a distillation of the learning gathered about place-based working in Scotland as a ‘jumping off’ point for Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit delegates. It briefly covers the Place Principle; what, why and how to work in a place-based why; some thoughts for measuring change and learning; the policy landscape relevant for place work and some useful website, tools, frameworks and reading for those interested in applying a place lens to their work but unsure of where to start.
Six Month Summary Report
The Scottish Government has funded Corra Foundation to convene a systems change project seeking to answer: can place-based working in Scotland be made more effective? We have been attempting to change the system through developing cross-sectoral relationships and enabling a collective narrative and practice in Scotland around place-based working.
Collaborate CIC worked with Corra Foundation to qualitatively assess the effectiveness of six Scottish examples of place-based practice. The purpose of this research was to understand the current enabling conditions, as well as barriers, to wider adoption of good place-based working in Scotland, and provide recommendations for how practice could be improved.
Measurement of Place-based Working
Corra Foundation commissioned EKOS consulting to write a think-piece on measurement of place-based working. This reports contains a summary of the current state of measurement in place-based work, including: why measurement is hard; the importance of doing it; examples of effective measurement of place-based working initiatives from America and Scotland; and, an outline of what elements an evaluation model needs to contain to effectively measure place-based working initiatives.
You can view the accompanying spreadsheet here.
27th March 2018 Event Report
This report summarises the discussion and conclusions from a Place-based Working event, held at the Lighthouse in Glasgow on 27th March 2018. A wider group of people with significant expertise and interest in place-based work met to discuss the further potential of this model, with the aim of creating momentum for more, and more effective, place-based work in Scotland. The report summarises discussions of barriers and enablers, specific aspects of place-based working that interested participants and, what needs to be done.