Political Engagement

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As the only cross-party think tank in Scotland we are the place to influence public policy. Fundraising through our activities and projects rather than receiving funding from political organisations allows us to keep our independence and integrity.

Parliamentary monitoring, superb media relations, connecting with the right people and having an understanding of relevant policy agendas is all in a day’s work for the CSPP. Being part of the political scene enables us to support your objectives.

The Centre regularly attends party conferences and liaises with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government via Cross Party Groups, committees and consultations to ensure we are at the forefront of Scottish politics. 

We specialise in issues at the forefront of Scottish policy debate such as Public Service ReformCommunity Empowerment, Scotland’s Towns, and Scotland’s Cities, grouped into the twin themes of People and Place. 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.

Examples of our engagement and profile in policy debate includes:

  • Being a driving force in the creation of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the national 'go to' body for towns. 
  • Driven by our US policy associate, Chuck Dalldorf, promoting a ‘League of Cities’, now known as the Cities Alliance advocated by Scottish Government and adopted by the 7 cities.
  • Publishing our Reshaping Scotland media 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.
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