What Works Scotland

What Works Scotland (WWS) is a new initiative to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform.

What Works Scotland will work with specific Community PWhat Workslanning Partnerships involved in the design and delivery of public services to:

  • learn what is and what isn’t working in their local area
  • encourage collaborative learning with a range of local authority, business, public sector and community partners
  • better understand what effective policy interventions and effective services look like
  • promote the use of evidence in planning and service delivery
  • help organisations get the skills and knowledge they need to use and interpret evidence
  • create case studies for wider sharing and sustainability

What Works Scotland is a partnership project. It brings together academics and researchers at the University of Edinburgh (e.g. Academy of Government, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships) and the University of Glasgow (e.g. Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Policy Scotland), along with a range of partners in the public, voluntary, and third sector. 

Read more about the work of WWS, what areas of Scotland this team is working in, and all of the WWS partners