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Must Watch -  Excellent Inspirational Video

Jim Diers, City of Seattle, USA As Director of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods, Jim Diers managed the development of 13 little city halls, 37 community driven plans, 75 community gardens, and a Neighbourhood Matching Fund that has supported more than 3,500 community self-help projects.

Jim now shares the lessons from his work through courses at the University of Washington; international consulting through the ABCD Institute; and his book, Neighbor Power.

Through the use of numerous examples, his presentation discusses the key steps towards fostering effective community-government partnerships.

Research by Johan Mackenbach, Professor of Public Health at the University Medical Centre Rotterdam  

A new study on health inequalities across 10 European countries including Scotland makes fascinating listening!  It is not yet published but watch out for it.  If you have an interest in understanding the nature and causes of health inequalities  tune in to this research or go on line for other related publications by the same author especially Health Inequalities: Europe in Profile which highlights:

Inequalities in health between people with higher and lower educational level, occupational class and income level have been found in all European countries.

The widening of some of these health inequalities during the last decades of the 20th century has increased the urgency of this public health problem.

This independent report, commissioned by the UK Presidency of the European Union, gives a comprehensive overview of patterns and trends.

Research by David Stuckler, Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at the University of Oxford.

David Stuckler’s presentation at the recent Third Sector Summit was excellent.  His theme was Understanding Inequality and his research outcomes were very well illustrated by graphic examples and they were powerful.  Catch up on his work. He has a new book published “The Body Economic “.

Tailor Made: How community groups improve people’s lives

This is an excellent publication from the Community Development Foundation (October 2014).  It is a collection of 7 papers under the themes of Improving health and wellbeing, Building safer communities, Improving the physical environment, Improving local economies and Supporting the community sector  Each paper is written in plain English , the points made are well presented and supported by comprehensive, modern research evidence.  All-in-all a very useful resource for anyone in the third sector. Link Here

Scottish Government Third Sector Research Forum

This is an interesting forum made up of mainly Scottish Government and Third sector intermediary organisations which meets regularly to support research into issues effecting the third sector e.g. the including links with the Scottish academic sector, benefits of volunteering, partnership working, health inequalities projects, charity data. The minutes of the meetings are available online and are worth a look to keep up to date with key projects/research. Link Here

Think Piece Community Anchors

This Think Piece is one of a series of papers that What Works Scotland is publishing to share evidence, learning and ideas about public service reform. This paper relates in particular to the WWS Community Engagement and Capacity Building work stream. Read Here

SCHW 2016 Annual Report

The SCHW 2016 Annual report is now in the Resources section. it is a good guide to what gas been happening over this year and the quite exciting developments currently taking place. Read Here

“Health and Social Care Integration: Managing the Change”

by International Public Policy Institute, Strathclyde University, Nov 2015.

This is a excellent and succinct document which examines the major factors in bringing about successful integration of health and social services. These include political landscape, governance, management, service redesign and financial challenges.  A real strength of the document is the insights it brings to the recommendations made to tackle each of these challenges.  Access here: “Health and Social Care Integration Managing the Change

“NHS in Scotland 2016” by Auditor General, Oct 2016

Even if you only manage to read the key facts and summary of this weighty, 45 page report it is worth the effort. The report, as well as presenting lots of interesting facts and stats about the NHS performance also provides good arguments for providing services differently and for the role of community led approaches to improving health and wellbeing. Access at

“Principles for Effective social regeneration and interventions ; learning from Systema Scotland”


A briefing paper from the Glasgow Centre for Population Control. December 2016. This is agood guide to understanding social interventions and social regeneration as well as what a ‘holistic’ regeneration looks like.  Seven principles for effective social regeneration are presented and provide a really useful checklist for work with communities and also for designing bids for funding.  Access at