Community Empowerment Act Evaluation

 

Dates: April 2018 - January 2020
Funder: Scottish Government
Project PI: Artur Steiner
Project Team: Clementine Hill O'Connor, Rachel Baker, Cam Donaldson, Simon Teasdale, Angela O'Hagan (WISE)

 

This project will evaluate the impact of Participation Requests (PRs) and Asset Transfer Requests (ATRs), two key aspects of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act which came into place in 2017.

The Community Empowerment Act aims to empower communities through the ownership of land and buildings and strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter most to them.

Through the analysis of the existing data and new evidence generated though focus groups, interviews and case studies the research will address the following questions:

Whether, how, and to what extent, is PRs and ATRs are being implemented as intended in the legislation and guidance?

  • To what extent does implementation of PRs improve community–Public Authority engagement, dialogue and relationships, and with what potential contribution to improved public services?
  • To what extent does implementation of ATRs result in more asset transfers being initiated and assets being transferred to community ownership, control and use, and with what potential contribution to improved access to transferred services and facilities? What is the pattern of take up and use of PRs and ATRs among different community groups? What are the potential implications of these patterns for local inequalities of outcomes?
  • Whether, how, and to what extent do communities feel more empowered as a result of the availability, take up and use of PRs and ATRs?

The first interim report can be found at The Scottish Governments website

For more information, please contact clementine.hilloconnor@gcu.ac.uk