ScotPHO have recently published a new Housing section on their website, which aims to highlight the important connection between health and housing. Housing affordability, housing quality, fuel poverty, and the role of housing as a home within a community, all have an impact on health and health inequalities. The section highlights data sources and provides an … Continue reading Home is where the heart is
Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy There is growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships for societal wellbeing. But talking about kindness does not fit easily within the rational lexicon of public policy. This Carnegie UK report, Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy, brings … Continue reading Community Development and Older People
One of a series of briefing papers by Senscot aims to highlight how social enterprise can deliver effective routes to employment through sport-based activity. To do this, key aspects of successful employability programmes are outlined, including examples of diverse funding streams, opportunities to access public sector contracts and potential routes to fruitful partnerships. Another describes the … Continue reading Community Development for the Economy and Enterprise
One of the key messages of this year’s Challenge Poverty Week is that poverty affects us all and this means challenging women’s inequality at work. Women are more likely to be in poverty than men; women are more likely to experience in-work poverty; women find it harder to escape poverty and are more likely to experience persistent … Continue reading Still closing the gap
The Scottish Community Development Centre is working in partnership with Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University, on an EU Funded project, The Atlantic Social Lab: Atlantic cooperation for the promotion of social innovation (ASL). The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG Atlantic Area Cooperation … Continue reading Atlantic Social Lab
Claire Ainsley suggests three ideas for reforming democracy. New plans have been published by the UK Government to give local residents more say in decisions affecting their lives, as part of a wider strategy to strengthen communities and introduce participatory democracy. These are long overdue: we know 14 million people are locked in poverty and a daily … Continue reading How can people who have been excluded from power play an equal role?
A new book on action research includes a chapter by two What Works Scotland research associates, drawing on the collaborative action research projects with community planning partnerships in Scotland. The chapter explores how action research can be a valuable methodology for producing the collaborative knowledge and action required to produce effective policy responses for the current … Continue reading Action Research in Policy Analysis