Place Based Investment
Making change happen at scale is complicated and difficult. So, how do we ensure that individual decisions contribute to the best shared outcomes?
Looking at change in the context of a specific place, its communities and partners, provides a more manageable setting to engage with competing narratives.
Place is not only vitally important, it also a useful and relatable way to understand and implement complex change.
Place based approaches simply provide a practical mechanism to ensure that changes made in a place are relevant to that place, benefit everyone and make best use of resources and investments.
The Place Based Framework
Taking a place based approach involves dealing with complexity. It recognises that to achieve real change demands tackling more than one thing at a time. A consistent approach is needed.
The Place Framework is designed to be used to inform decisions at national, regional and local levels, supporting decision makers to shape better places across Scotland.
It sets out an approach to embedding place into the heart of strategic, long-term thinking, building on existing good work across Scotland to provide a mechanism for how place-based working can be implemented effectively.
West Dunbartonshire Council - Place Based Investment
West Dunbartonshire Council adopted a place-based approach to the relocation of their headquarters, utilising the investment to bring multiple benefits to the town centre, as well as creating an attractive, healthy and accessible office environment for staff.
This video, produced by Scottish Futures Trust, illustrates some of the benefits that have been achieved for the council, and for the wider area.
Community Wealth Building
Community wealth building is a people-centred approach to local economic development, which redirects wealth back into the local economy, and places control and benefits into the hands of local people.
Understanding places, how they operate and where capacity, assets and opportunities lie, is an important element in supporting community wealth building