What Works Scotland is inviting those interested and involved in participatory budgeting to a morning session with international PB expert Giovanni Allegretti.
Monday 13 June from 11am to 13:00 at the University of Edinburgh (tea/coffee served from 10.45am, and lunch after the event at 1pm)
Participatory budgeting (PB) is gaining momentum in Scotland, with new processes developing across the country; over 20 Local Authority Areas undertaking capacity building programmes; and a new commitment in the SNP manifesto for the recent elections: “Setting Councils a target of having at least 1 per cent of their budget subject to Community Choices budgeting. This will be backed by the Community Choices Fund to help public bodies and community groups build on examples of best practice.”
This session provides an opportunity to hear about international PB experiences and how they compare to current developments in Scotland. A chance to discuss the principles and practicalities of PB, including emerging challenges and exciting prospects.
The session will be hosted by Oliver Escobar (WWS), and feature Kathleen Glazik, PB lead at the Scottish Government, who will provide reaction to Giovanni’s presentation as well as reflection about the future of PB in Scotland.
This event is free but places are limited. Please register to book your place here.
Five Ways to Make a Difference: Perceptions of Practitioners Working in Urban Neighborhoods
by Catherine Durose (University of Birmingham), Merlijn van Hulst (Tilburg University), Stephen Jeffares (University of Birmingham), Oliver Escobar (University of Edinburgh), Annika Agger (Roskilde University) and Laurens de Graaf (Tilburg University).
Listen to a 2 mins podcast about the paper
This article in Public Administration Review responds to and develops the fragmented literature exploring intermediation in public administration and urban governance. It uses Q-methodology to provide a systematic comparative empirical analysis of practitioners who are perceived as making a difference in urban neighborhoods.
Through this analysis, an original set of five profiles of practitioners—enduring, struggling, facilitating, organizing, and trailblazing—is identified and compared. This research challenges and advances the existing literature by emphasizing the multiplicity, complexity, and hybridity, rather than the singularity, of individuals perceived as making a difference, arguing that different practitioners make a difference in different ways.
The authors set out a research agenda, overlooked in current theorization, that focuses on the relationships and transitions between the five profiles and the conditions that inform them, opening up new avenues for understanding and supporting practice.
Conference: People making difference in communities
2nd October 2015, 9.30am – 4pm
Grassmarket Community Project
FREE REGISTRATION HERE
What Works Scotland is delighted to invite you to this one-day conference featuring leading scholars from Denmark, Netherlands, England and Scotland. They will be sharing and discussing their research, which focuses on ‘people who make a difference in communities’. The conference will be an opportunity to explore this international research with a range of practitioners from the public and third sectors, local communities and academia.
Dr Annika Agger, Roskilde University, Denmark
Dr Catherine Durose, University of Birmingham
Dr Laurens de Graaf, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Dr Merlijn van Hulst, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Dr Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh and What Works Scotland
A detailed programme will follow soon, but the conference will have two parts:
• In the morning, there will be four presentations and group discussions based on research and experiences in each of the four countries.
• In the afternoon, there will be the launch and discussion of the findings from a study conducted by the research team across the four countries, which maps out five ways in which ‘people make a difference in communities’. You can see more information about the study here: http://peoplemakingadifference.net
The focus for the day is on the ‘people’ (rather than the ‘structures’) who are driving a range of topical policy areas on the ground, including community engagement, partnerships, collaborative governance, neighbourhood management and community action. The speakers are leading researchers in this field, with years of experience learning and working with community and neighbourhood practitioners. The purpose of the conference is to explore how this research on ‘exemplary practitioners’ may contribute to generate debate and ideas to inform practice in communities and shape future research.
If you require any further information please contact:
Simon.Kershaw@ed.ac.uk (Events Manager)
Lynda.Frazer@glasgow.ac.uk (What Works Scotland Manager)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Conference Chair)
A paper I co-authored with Magda Pieczka as part of our work at the QMU Centre for Dialogue has just been published by Science and Public Policy. Access a free copy by clicking here.
This paper examines the way in which innovation in science policy in the UK over the last 25 years has been built around a discourse of changing preferences for modes of communication with citizens. The discussion, framed in debates and developments that deal with deliberative democracy and public engagement, draws on discourse analysis of key policy documents, statements made by members of the science policy network, and on interviews with public engagement practitioners.
The relationship between science and society emerges as a 25-year old project of crisis management organised into three distinct models: public understanding of science, public engagement, and public dialogue. The analysis questions the existing narrative of progress and evolution constructed around key switch points, highlights the overwhelming influence of public understanding of science approaches, and attends to the question of the viability of public dialogue as the mainstream activity in science communication and policy-making.