Measuring Performance: Evidence to inform strategy in your place

Date: 12 October 2016
Time: 2pm - 4.30pm
Location: Architecture and Design Scotland, Edinburgh
Booking: Attendance is free for STP members and community groups and £50+VAT to all others. Book now by return of email or online here.

There is a lot of support and resource out there for practitioners, towns and communities but how do we connect it all?  Join STP, Scottish Government and Ekos for a very practical workshop centering around the following tools: Understanding Scottish Places, Place Standard Tool and the Town Centre Toolkit. 

Our experts will guide you through the use of each resource and highlight the ways in which we can connect each output to inform local and national strategies for our towns and communities. 

This session is aimed at and open to all with an interest in town centre development and we encourage you to take this opportunity to find out more about these tools to inform your own strategy and to gain a better understanding of your place's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Book now by return of email or online here.

*There will be a limited number of iPads available to use and test the toolkits within the session but you are encouraged to bring your own device.*


More about the Toolkits

Understanding Scottish Places | www.usp.scot

Understanding Scottish Places is an online platform for towns' practitioners and communities. It is designed to help us better understand the function of the towns that we live and work in and provides the opportunity to compare and contrast towns across Scotland.

USP combines a typology of Scottish towns and an assessment of inter-relationships to find towns from across Scotland which share socio-demographic characteristics and score similarly on an independence to dependence scale. It also houses a tool designed to help users gather locally available information about towns to complement the national data presented within USP.

Place Standard Tool | www.scotlandstowns.org/place_standard

Designed to support communities, public, private and third sectors, to work efficiently together, the Place Standard provides a framework to assess the quality of a place. 

The tool supports collaborative working by providing a framework for structured conversations to occur, and allows participants to consider what action might be taken and to identify where their priorities lie. It enables the physical, social and environmental quality of a place to be evaluated in a structured way, but also, importantly, it aims to initiate positive conversations and collaborations between key groups and to identify areas where quality can be improved.

Town Centre Toolkit | www.scotlandstowns.org/town_centre_toolkit

The Town Centre Toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible. 

Securing investment to improve town centres is difficult as public sector budgets are tighter than ever. Many of the ideas in this toolkit demonstrate how worthwhile improvements can be made through more effective use of existing assets and resources, and by better co-ordination and organisation, to make Scotland’s town centres better places.

Sponsored By …Connecting Scotland's Towns