Improving outcomes for Scotland depends on knowing what can make the biggest difference to people's lives - in other words, what works in public service reform?
On 26th June, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney officially launched What Works Scotland, an independent research centre, jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which will be working on answering this question over the next three years.
Led by Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities, it's a different kind of research centre - bringing together academics, policy makers, public, private and third sector organisations, and working with Community Planning Partnerships, and local communities.
It will take an active role in supporting policy development, based on the best existing evidence as well as generating new evidence.
What Works Scotland is part of a network across the UK, and will work closely with the others, but with a particular focus on the 'Scottish approach' to delivering public service reform.
This 'Scottish approach' has been internationally recognised, with research by the Carnegie Trust highlighting Scotland as unique in how we are reforming and improving our public services. The aim of What Works Scotland is to increase the scale and pace of these reforms and turn evidence from the work already done into practical solutions which will help to tackle the more deep-rooted problems we face such as intergenerational inequality.
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