What kind of place should Scotland be, what key characteristics should our country have, and how should we present ourselves to the world?
We are traversing a complex and particularly politicised period in Scotland, which in the past six years has included: Scotland's independence referendum, parliamentary and local elections in Scotland, three UK General Elections, and the EU Referendum in 2016.
In this context, we need to be in the business of shaping Scotland's future, and exploring the options and means that will achieve the best possible results for as many of our citizens as possible.
Our approach to this stresses the dual importance of both People and Place. We are exploring some of the key issues debated in Scottish politics such as Scotland’s Towns, Scotland’s Cities, Public Service Reform and Community Empowerment. Advocating research by our board members in these particular areas has ensured that the CSPP is engaged in the policy development process delivering innovative, fresh thinking. For more on how the CSPP develops policy proposals and helps shape debate, read our ‘What We Do’ page.
Some of the ways in which we have developed political reach and profile are:
- Creating the Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
- Driven by our US policy associate, Chuck Dalldorf, promoting a ‘League of Cities’, now known as the Cities Alliance advocated by the Scottish Government and adopted by the 7 cities.
- Publishing the Reshaping Scotland Herald supplement on public services in the 21st century.
- Creating the Commission for School Reform in partnership with Reform Scotland. Read the final report: By Diverse Means.
- Releasing of our provocation paper on health entitled A National Health Service or an Empty Umbrella? in August 2014, informed by a series of dialogue dinners related to NHS Scotland and other discussion events.
- Participating in parliamentary inquiries, incorporating our members' input and views into our submissions.