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Developing Children’s Neighbourhoods for Scotland: Putting poverty in its place!

We know that children who grow up in areas of high social deprivation face challenges and that, unless well supported, they are less likely than their more advantaged peers to be successful in later life. We also know that many of these communities are working with organisations and agencies to try and tackle the many… Continue reading Developing Children’s Neighbourhoods for Scotland: Putting poverty in its place!

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Launching Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland: together we can do more

“If we fail our children, we are failing full stop”. These were the opening words of Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, as she formally launched Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock on 9th February in the impressive surroundings of the Glasgow Women’s Library – and how very right she is.… Continue reading Launching Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland: together we can do more

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Using the Capabilities Approach at Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) proposes to use a Capabilities Approach in our research.  Capabilities was developed by Amartya Sen (1980) and Martha Nussbaum (2000) as a framework of social justice, concerned with identifying the freedoms people need to live ‘a good life.’ These freedoms constitute a set of ‘beings and doings’ that people would like… Continue reading Using the Capabilities Approach at Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland

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What kind of place is a neighbourhood?

Most people use “place” and “space” to mean the same thing at times. For some researchers there is an important difference between these two words. “Space” could be any location of any size at any time. A “place” is like this, but it has one special difference. Meaning. Spaces are geographic locations you could forget… Continue reading What kind of place is a neighbourhood?

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The role of the backbone organisation in collective impact approaches

As we started out in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock we have been learning from other children's neighbourhood approaches, where there is a lot of emphasis on the role of the 'backbone organisation'. The idea behind this is to have a central impartial body to support the neighbourhood approach and the collaborations to achieve this. Here in… Continue reading The role of the backbone organisation in collective impact approaches

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Theory of Change Workshop with the International Futures Forum

The International Futures Forum facilitated a workshop to explore, improve and develop the CNS Theory of Change (please head over to our blog of gathering context and theory of change). We convened the local partners we’ve been working with to date along with members of our planning team to involve differing perspectives. To get a… Continue reading Theory of Change Workshop with the International Futures Forum

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Working towards a vision of collective impact

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland is working with partners and local people in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock to improve services, resources, opportunities and chances for the children and young people who live there. By working in partnership across the community, Children’s Neighbourhoods aims to build on the good work and investment already happening locally and to place a… Continue reading Working towards a vision of collective impact

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Gathering the context and developing a Theory of Change

A Theory of Change visualises a project’s overall aims and the pre-conditions which need to be met in order to reach those aims. Using a Theory of Change (ToC) model allows a project to be contextualised by including inputs, assets and activities. When reviewing literature from other Children’s Communities we noticed that many of them… Continue reading Gathering the context and developing a Theory of Change