What Works Scotland was a programme of collaborative action research with four Scottish local authority areas focused on public service reform to support community empowerment and improved public services.

The programme was funded by the Scottish Government and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and ran from 2014 to 2020. It was a collaboration between the University of Glasgow, supported though Policy Scotland, and the University of Edinburgh.

All the findings and outputs are on the What Works Scotland website.

Turbines of a windfarm against a blue sky on gentle green hill behind a small town seen across the waters of a loch or river

The community economy in Scotland and participatory research for building back better and fairer?

Why we need a developing participatory research agenda for the community economy and societal resilience given ongoing and emerging social and ecological crises – inequalities, climate change, democratic deficits and pandemic(s).