Piloting the Place Standard

We have published a report on an exciting pilot project using the Place Standard engagement tool, in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership and, one of the developers of the tool, NHS Health Scotland.

In a wide-reaching pilot project 500 people, of all generations, from the communities of Hillhead and Harestanes in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire were supported to use the Place Standard engagement tool to evaluate the quality of their community, and identify both positive and negative factors about the area.  

The Place Standard engagement tool is designed to support the delivery of high quality places in Scotland and maximise the potential of the physical and social environment in supporting health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Launched in June 2016, the joint pilot project ran until February 2017, engaging with approximately six per cent of the overall population for the area.

A key focus of the pilot project was to escalate the scale of engagement with a broad cross section of people of all ages from the whole community.

The report provides an overview of the development and implementation of the pilot project and sets out the key outcomes of the engagement process with the local communities.  

Going forward, East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership will use the findings of the pilot to inform the development of a locality plan for Hillhead and Harestanes.

NHS Health Scotland are using the key learning from this project to help support improvements for the future use of the tool nationally. Findings from this project, and others, are included in the national report Place Standard process evaluation: Learning from Case Studies.

Gordan Low, Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: "East Dunbartonshire Council are delighted that the Community Planning Partnership's locality or 'place' planning is based on strong community engagement. By taking the Place Standard Tool to the heart of our communities and meeting people 'where they are' as part of the overall engagement activity for our developing locality plans we clearly demonstrate our commitment to involving communities in the decision making which affects them". 

Carole Noble, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The Place Standard provides us with a great opportunity to build on our extensive engagement with communities across Scotland. The engagement process facilitated by the tool has generated outputs which will help to secure more effective deployment of existing services, and the development of new services, to meet local priorities as highlighted by the people who live in the community.

“The pilot project in Hillhead and Harestanes is a great example of how the Place Standard can be used to engage meaningfully with a broad cross section of people of all ages within a local community.  We were particularly pleased to develop and engage children and young people, alongside the whole school community, with the Place Standard tool for the first time

“We look forward to working with our partners and the communities to help tackle some of the issues raised during the Place Standard engagement in Hillhead and Harestanes.”

John Howie, Organisational Lead for Place at NHS Health Scotland, said:The Place Standard tool has been used in a variety of ways, across Scotland and we are keen to not only witness its increased application but to learn how it impacts on local places. This project will help do this.  It is an excellent example of how the Tool with effective leadership shown by the Council can be used to support a collaborative approach to designing spaces and places and the report provides practical guidance on how to do it well.  Others will benefit hugely from the learning in this project, and in bringing together people from the local community with statutory services and third sector organisations, Hillhead and Harestanes will benefit from a broad range of insights and expertise to deliver a place that will promote good health and well-being for all.

The full report can be downloaded on our reports and publications page.

03 July 2017

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