Project Title: Research to explore the progress - to date - of the Strategic Public Social Partnership model in Scotland
Dates: June 2017 to January 2018
Funder: Scottish Government Third Sector Unit
Project PI: Micaela Mazzei
Project Team: Francesca Calo, Simon Teasdale and Michael Roy

The Scottish Government Third Sector Unit wished to commission research to explore the progress - to date - of the Strategic Public Social Partnership (PSP) model in Scotland. This is essentially a model of co-production of public services involving public institutions, social economy actors and service users.

The specific focus of the research was to explore the progress of six Strategic PSPs which have been directly funded and supported by the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Unit to undertake the redesign and delivery of a ‘new’ service.  While there is a significant variation among all Strategic PSPs, this research was interested in exploring some common themes, such as:

  • Governance arrangements
  • Partnership working
  • Service user contribution to service design
  • Innovation in service delivery
  • The potential for a sustainable service

Ultimately, the overall aims were to explore how the model has been implemented in different contexts and assessing the advantages and disadvantages of adopting this model. In reflecting upon the outcomes – expected and unexpected – of the Strategic PSPs, this commission also reflected upon the lessons drawn out of their experience to date, in order to provide advice as to future developments.