What is community development?

Community development is a process where community members are supported by agencies to identify and take collective action on issues which are important to them. Community development empowers community members and creates stronger and more connected communities. Community development is a holistic approach grounded in principles of empowerment, human rights, inclusion, social justice, self-determination and … Continue reading What is community development?

Consultation: National Outcomes for Scotland 2018

The Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee is seeking views about the updated National Outcomes for Scotland. The National Outcomes are used as broad policy aims for the Scottish Government and are updated every five years. The outcomes are part of National Performance Framework, a broad set of indicators and targets which cover a range of … Continue reading Consultation: National Outcomes for Scotland 2018

Knowledge is Power: A new report on the importance of community-led action research in Scotland

‘Community-led action research is not research for the sake of it, to prove a theory or to satisfy the curious. It is about people asking their own questions about the issues they experience, getting the information, and evidence they need, and testing actions for change.' Starting in 2017, SCDC and the Poverty Alliance worked with … Continue reading Knowledge is Power: A new report on the importance of community-led action research in Scotland

Power in knowledge, and numbers: Reflections on community-led action research

Starting in 2017, SCDC and the Poverty Alliance worked with ten community organisations to co-design a resource framework which could be used to support communities across Scotland to conduct their own inquiries into the issues affecting them.   Kate McHendry, Development Manager at SCDC, has reflected on her work using community-led action research and the findings … Continue reading Power in knowledge, and numbers: Reflections on community-led action research

Drive Thrus back clean up of Scotland’s roads

Costa and McDonald’s employees at Cameron Toll, Edinburgh have joined forces with us to kick start a national week of action to clean up Scotland’s roads. Team members from both companies gathered to launch the partnership with a litter pick of the car park and surrounding areas to promote our roadside litter campaign week of action, … Continue reading Drive Thrus back clean up of Scotland’s roads

Building True Capacity: Indigenous Models for Indigenous Communities

Within the past 2 decades, community capacity building and community empowerment have emerged as key strategies for reducing health disparities and promoting public health. As with other strategies and best practices, these concepts have been brought to indigenous (American Indian and Alaska Native) communities primarily by mainstream researchers and practitioners. Mainstream models and their resultant … Continue reading Building True Capacity: Indigenous Models for Indigenous Communities