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Priorities for the ‘New Normal’: Lessons from lockdown research

August 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


An online seminar and discussion to share lessons learned from academic and third sector research undertaken in lockdown to influence change.

A child's painting of a rainbow with the NHS logo in the centre displayed in the window of modern houseThere has been a flurry of research activity in both the academic and third sector during the COVID-19 lockdown period to understand the ways in which this crisis has exacerbated previous challenges and created new ones.

Many third sector organisations have adapted their service delivery, evidence gathering, and evaluation processes to capture and disseminate timely information about their clients and communities to the public and to policymakers. Academic research has also responded by mobilising teams to gather new evidence.

At the heart of these activities has been the experiences and voices of people, communities and service providers facing these challenges head on. As we move out of the lockdown phase and into a recovery, or ‘the new normal’, it is vital that these voices stay central to any future decisions taken by policymakers and practitioners.

In this seminar we will bring together academics and third sector organisations who have gathered evidence in the lockdown period to share and reflect on their findings, with an aim to develop key recommendations for all levels of government in the next phase.

This event, a collaboration from Policy Scotland and Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum, welcomes participants from academia, the third sector and government to this event.

About this seminar

This two hour seminar and discussion will share findings, reflections and recommendations from three academic research teams and three third sector organisations who have carried out research in the lockdown period. These short presentations will provide the basis for small group discussions.

Academic teams from the University of Glasgow (Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland) and the University of Aberdeen will share their work understanding the needs of vulnerable communities in urban and rural contexts and findings from the Lockdown Lore collection project.

Third sector organisations will also share their work during this period, and will include Voluntary Health Scotland, Scottish Community Development Centre, and Inclusion Scotland.

Two small group discussion periods will allow other participants from the third sector and academia to share their research findings and reflect on this work. Both the small and large groups will also work together to create recommendations for local authority and/or national government in the ‘new normal’, with a focus on ways to embed the voices of communities in programmes, processes, and policies in the recovery phase.

Bring your evidence, experience, and voice to this discussion — we look forward to seeing you on screen.


August 12
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Policy Scotland
Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum