Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland takes a place-based approach to improving outcomes for children, young people and their communities.

Here you’ll find a range of resources – from literature reviews through to contributions we’ve made to publications – which may come in handy to your own research and initiatives.

Exploring local responses to COVID-19

We are undertaking a new piece of research to document responses to, and the impact of, COVID-19 on children and families. The series of documents below share emerging insights from the research to date:

CNS-PS-NSEE-COVID19-EarlyInsights-240420 Download [PDF:211KB]

CNS-PS-NSEE-COVID19-EarlyInsights-300420 Download [PDF:205KB]

CNS-PS-NSEE-COVID19-EarlyInsights-080520 Download [PDF:233KB]

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Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland Evaluation Strategy

The CNS Evaluation Strategy sets out how we intend to monitor and evaluate the Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland programme 2019 – 2022.  

If you’re involved as a stakeholder in improving outcomes for children and young people in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty, this may be of interest to you – particularly those in local and national services; research and policy agencies and the Scottish Government.

Capabilities Research Model

This booklet is a useful guide to the Capabilities Research Model, how the model is implemented, and the timescales for delivery.

Capabilities-Research-Model-Booklet Download [PDF:119KB]

Local Research Overview

We’ve also created an overview of the research that is undertaken at a local level in each Children’s Neighbourhoods site. The approach is both participatory and evaluative, meaning that participants will be supported in developing their own research and in using evidence to support their activities. Each site has localised needs – so this framework can be tailored for each location we work in.

Place-based approaches to support children and young people – Literature review

See how our model draws on examples of good practice from existing place-based initiatives to support children and young people living in disadvantaged areas.

Using the Capabilities Approach with children and young people – Literature review

Our use of the Capabilities Approach aims to give children and young people a central voice within the project and develop a shared set of goals amongst stakeholders.

Concepts, ideas and on-going research work

Members of the CNS team recently contributed a chapter on place-based interventions in:

T. Townsend (ed.), Instructional Leadership and Leadership for Learning in Schools, Palgrave Studies on Leadership and Learning in Teacher Education

Our blog also features articles about the continuing development of the concepts and ideas that underpin the children’s neighbourhoods’ approach.

See the blog posts on Concepts, ideas and research