Research and consultations

Mapping participation requests one year on

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) would like to hear from community groups and organisations about their experience of participation requests so far, even if, before reading this, you had never heard of them! Participation requests are a new way for community groups and organisations to have their voices heard in the planning and delivery of …

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Knowledge is Power: a new report on the importance of community-led action research in Scotland

Starting in 2017, the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and the Poverty Alliance worked with ten community organisations to co-design a resource framework which could be used to support communities across Scotland to conduct their own inquiries into the issues affecting them. You can find further information and download the report and executive summary on …

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Scottish Government publication: independent analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft diet and healthy weight strategy

The Scottish Government has recently published an independent analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft diet and healthy weight strategy, held between October 2017 and January 2018. Over 360 academics, health professionals, members of the general public, organisations (including health and third sector organisations), local authorities and members of the food and drinks …

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Good Food Nation engagement – Kitchen Table Talks

The Scottish Food Coalition is inviting people from across Scotland to get together for Kitchen Table Talks to discuss the future of food in Scotland. The Scottish Government will soon introduce a ‘Good Food Nation Bill’ and this legislation is a chance for everyone to shape Scotland’s food system. The purpose of the Kitchen Table Talks is …

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A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

The Scottish Government has recently launched this consultation . We know that many community food initiatives are doing work that addresses loneliness and social inclusion in their communities, and would encourage you to feed in your experiences to the consultation, which is available on the Scottish Government website until 27 April 2018, with engagement events …

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Mapping food hubs in the UK- survey participants sought

Sustainable Food Cities and the Food Research Collaborative has commissioned research to map the types of food hubs that exist, or are planned, in the UK. If you are involved in a  food hub, or in setting one up, the researchers are inviting you to complete a survey, which can be found via this Sustainable …

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New findings – what people think about reducing obesity in Scotland

NHS Health Scotland has released new findings about public-attitudes-to-reducing-obesity-in-Scotland.  ScotCen Social Research’s Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, carried out in 2016, included a module of 40 questions (developed in consultation with NHS Health Scotland) to find out what people think about obesity and how to tackle it. The survey found that people did not always recognise obesity in themselves or others. But, most people …

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Diet and Obesity: Scottish Government consultation

The Scottish Government’s consultation document ‘A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight’ is now available on the Scottish Government website and details of consultation events organised by the Scottish Public Health Network are available on the ScotPHN website.    

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Scottish Government Consultation – Guidance – Part 9 – Allotments – Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

The Scottish Government “Consultation on Guidance for Local Authorities, Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015” is now live: Written and online responses are invited by 17 November 2017 and answers will be accepted either on a completed form or on a separate piece of paper. The consultation can be downloaded here: …

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Obesity in Scotland

A new study “Obesity in Scotland: a persistent inequality” has been published  in the International Journal for Equity and Health. The study is also summarised in the ScotPHO report “Obesity and health inequalities in Scotland”. The study provides a comprehensive analysis of how levels of obesity in Scotland have changed over time and how obesity …

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