Improving Outcomes Locally - Next Steps for Community Planning

This briefing will examine the latest developments and good practice in how public bodies work with communities to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities locally. 

The context

The Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 mandates that Community Planning Partnerships produce a local outcomes improvement plan (LOIP), setting priorities for improvement locally, as well as ‘locality plans’ for areas experiencing particular disadvantage.

Coming into force in April 2017, Part 3 of the Act (Participation Requests) gives community bodies new rights when seeking to influence local outcomes.

The event

With the new legislative requirements and community planning being given a statutory basis, how can service providers work together with communities to reduce inequalities? Attend this Holyrood briefing for an up-to-date brief on developing improved outcomes locally.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the latest developments within community planning
  • Examine how to involve communities, improve participation and partnerships
  • Consider next steps for evaluating and developing performance, and outcomes


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Session 1: Policy Update and Overview

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair​

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Next steps for community planning
  • Support available to build capacity and enhance impact
  • Delivering strategic outcomes

Mike McLean, Knowledge and Collaboration Manager, Improvement Service

Allan Johnstone, Acting Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Scotland

10:55 Questions and Discussion

11:20 Refreshments and Networking

11:40 Session 2: Improving Outcomes and Evaluating Performance

This session will draw on some of the latest thinking, and the experience in the room to discuss:

  • What kinds of outcomes are relevant to people and communities?
  • How can we develop meaningful measures of outcomes?
  • What kind of evidence can help us understand outcomes?
  • How do we track progress for ourselves, our funders and the communities we serve?

The session will be led by Dr Sarah Morton, from the University of Edinburgh and Outcome Focus.

It will draw on a recent paper on outcomes from What Works Scotland, as well as concepts from contribution analysis, participatory methods, knowledge exchange and action research. By the end of the session participants will have a better understanding of different kinds of outcomes and how they can be meaningfully measured.

13:00 Lunch and Networking​

13:40 Session 3: Involving Communities, Developing Effective Partnerships and Plans

A series of good practice case studies will share insights and learning from effective and innovative community planning. Themes include:

  • Effective and integrated preventative approaches
  • Developing capacity and utilising resources to deliver planned improvements
  • Supporting active participation by communities and community organisations at all stages

Dr Audrey Sutton, Head of Service, Connected Communities, North Ayrshire Council

Donnie Nicolson, Manager, Bellsmyre Development Trust

Greg Pegg, Treasurer, Bute Island Alliance

14:55 Chair's Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

 *Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, The Mews, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD


Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT(Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £295 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

14 September 2017



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