Youth Work in the Digital Age – What Next?

by Scott Faulds On Tuesday 3rd September, youth work organisations from across the European Union came together in Glasgow to launch the European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work, training materials and a collection of short films showcasing Good Practice. This was the culmination of a two-year transnational Erasmus+ project, designed to foster shared understandings and […]

A rising tide: the growing importance of the blue economy

There has been much focus on the green economy in recent times as the international community attempts to address the current ‘climate emergency’. According to the United Nations (UN), “an inclusive green economy is one that improves human well-being and builds social equity while reducing environmental risks and scarcities.” Over the past decade, many governments […]

Museums as facilitators of health and wellbeing in communities

It’s estimated that there are over 2500 museums in the UK, ranging from world-famous collections in major cities to small local ones on niche themes. Over 50% of adults have visited a museum or gallery in the last year and there were an estimated 7.5 million visits by children and young people under the age […]

How can the UK Government support our rural entrepreneurs?

By Steven McGinty Rural businesses play a significant role in the UK economy. Yet, policymakers often overlook their contribution and, as such, have failed to realise the economic opportunities in many of our rural areas. Last year, University of Essex researcher Anupriya Misra presented an insightful webinar (register to hear a recording of the webinar) […]

New year, new high street: it’s time to reshape our town centres (part one)

“One thing is certain. The high street landscape has now irrevocably changed and there is no point clinging on to a sentimental vision of the past. We have to start planning for a bold new world.” This was the conclusion of the Grimsey Review in 2013.  Five years on and the challenges facing the high […]

Autism-friendly cities: making a world of difference

At this time of year, high streets and shops across the country are bustling, decked out with lights and colourful decorations, and of course, the familiar Christmas tunes. For many, this is part and parcel of the exciting run up to Christmas.  However, for autistic people, the added crowds, lights and noise can turn an […]

Scotland’s rise in human trafficking: a year on from the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy

By Steven McGinty In June, the Scottish Government published its first annual progress report on their Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy. Introduced in May 2017, the strategy was a requirement of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 and set out how Scotland would achieve its target of having zero human trafficking. This included: […]

A world of evidence … but can we trust that it is any good?

What is good evidence? And how can policymakers and decisionmakers decide what is working and what isn’t, when it comes to deciding where public money is spent and how? These are the kinds of questions that models and tools such as randomised controlled trials and cost-benefit analysis attempt to answer. The government has also supported […]

Walk this way- the benefits of walking for people and cities

“In a quality city, a person should be able to live their entire life without a car, and not feel deprived” – Paul Bedford, City of Toronto Planning Director (2014) Improvements to the design and layouts of streets and cities can have a significant impact on encouraging more of us to walk. However, many people […]

Focus on: Evaluations Online

  Evaluations Online is a public portal providing access to a collection of evaluation and economic development research reports commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s main economic development agency. Ensuring that public investment generates economic and social benefits, and long-term inclusive growth for Scotland is core to Scottish Enterprise’s remit. Making evaluation and research reports publicly available, […]