Community Engagement and Empowerment

We have wide ranging expertise and experience of research exploring community engagement and empowerment. Andrew Fyfe and Christina Bruce are acknowledged experts in this area. These examples of our community engagement and empowerment research work illustrate our experience.

Client: Scottish Government

Title: Evaluation of the Regeneration Capital Fund (RCGF)

Description:  We evaluated this Fund, focusing on community involvement and social outcomes.  We visited 14 funded projects and interviewed over 140 people including, project leads, partners, community representatives and service users about the impact the new facilities had on their lives.  The evaluation report will be available in autumn 2019.

Client: New Gorbals Housing Association

Title: Implementing a neighbourhood approach

Description: Andrew leads our work with NGHA. He has supported the Gorbals Regeneration Group to take forward the Thriving Places approach in Gorbals for several years. The Gorbals Regeneration Group is attended by the MSP, MP and councillors for the area, all the major service providers from the public and voluntary sector and community members. Katy led work on the creation of a Gorbals Directory, containing information about all the services and activities in the area. This was delivered to every house in the area – and forms the cornerstone to an interactive web-based community engagement tool - Go Get Gorbals.


Client: Scottish Government

Title: Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, consultation analysis

Description: Our team undertook the analysis of responses to the consultation on the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill. This involved detailed quantitative and qualitative analysis of 447 responses, which sought feedback on ideas for the Bill. The report is available here.

Client: Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Title: Assessing the health impacts of neighbourhood improvements in Calton 

Description: This work involved reviewing the impact of community involvement in neighbourhood planning, with a particular focus on health and wellbeing. We held community walkabouts with local community groups, which explored the impact of changes on experiences, choices and social and emotional wellbeing. The report is available here.