Place-based Working Project

The Place-based Working Project began in October 2017. It brought together a cross-sector group including organisations from the third sector, central and local government. The group met regularly to build a shared view of what place-based working means and understand how it has been applied in Scotland.

Following this, the group also looked at how to improve practice and encourage others to adopt place-based approaches.

Research was directed into case-studies of good practice, working with Collaborate CIC. EKOS consulting provided research into the measurement of place-based initiatives. These findings, a review of the literature and deliberations of the group were presented to a wider range of stakeholders at an event in March 2018.

The project has now come to an end. A range of resources relevant to place-based working and the implementation of the Place Principle have been produced, which are available for download below.

This project was funded by Scottish Government and convened by Corra Foundation.

On 21st November 2018 Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit took place at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. The event was co-produced by Corra Foundation and Scotland’s Town Partnership and in partnership with The Scottish Government.

Click here for details about the event.


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 Guides

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.

Case Studies

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.

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