Place-based working is about considering all of the physical, social and economic elements of a place collectively. It is about supporting and enhancing the potential of people, physical and natural assets in a place.
Working in a place-based way can identify key relationships and solve problems that can’t be solved incrementally or by one person or organisation acting alone. It can produce more than the sum of its parts by generating novel approaches, bringing in resources or tackling root causes.
The Power of Place
Scotland's National Performance Framework sets out a series of Outcomes that reflect the values and aspirations of the people of Scotland. Each of these Outcomes is a crucial element in helping reduce inequalities and give equal importance to economic, environmental and social progress.
Place is the physical and social framework in which our lives take place. It involves everyone and everywhere and can be complex to understand.
However, the significant challenges that we face, from the climate emergency to improving public health and reducing inequality, require us to change the ways in which we currently work and capitalise on the power of place.
In order to help better understand the influence and potential of place, we've developed the below six key themes, covering some of the main issues to consider and address. These are interconnected and many of the key drivers in one theme will be important across other themes.