With the potential to both make savings and enable people to live better, longer, healthier lives, prevention has ostensibly become a government priority. The Scottish Government has decided that a ‘decisive shift towards prevention’ would form one of the four pillars of its public service reform strategy. Consequently, prevention looks certain to be a fixture of policymaking in Scotland regardless of the outcome of the referendum. Yet questions remain around the development and implementation of prevention policy in our local communities.
This interactive seminar aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between academics, civil society and policymakers on the theme of prevention. We will explore the challenges involved in defining, designing, delivering and evaluating prevention in Scotland.
This event aims to collaboratively explore what prevention means and highlight the challenges and opportunities offered by preventative spending for creating healthier and happier society in post-referendum Scotland. By building connections between those who make and deliver prevention, and those who use it, we hope to foster a constructive discussion about the Scottish prevention practices of the future.
This interactive, inclusive and collaborative workshop is an opportunity for academics, civil society and policymakers to imagine a path to a healthier and fairer Scotland in the wake of the referendum. We will explore the following questions:
- Is prevention really at the centre of Scottish and local government policy?
- What does prevention mean to different individuals, policymakers, practitioners, academics and community activists?
- How can we measure the impact of prevention policies?
- What role(s) do academics, civil society, elected representatives and individuals have in creating prevention policy?
This workshop is open to all, but may be of particular interest to public and third sector representatives who work on prevention in all respects, as well as those who have used preventative services. A number of small travel stipends are available for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. Please email Emily St Denny (email@example.com) for an application form.
- Emily St Denny
- Organised by: Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change in conjunction with the Scottish Council for Volunteer Organisations and the Division of History and Politics at the University of Stirling