Priorities for the ‘New Normal’

Priorities for the ‘New Normal’: Lessons learned from Academic and Third Sector Lockdown Research

12th August 10am – 12pm on Zoom

TSRF worked with Policy Scotland in 2020 to deliver this free web event.

Overview: There has been a flurry of research activity in both the academic and third sector during the COVID-10 lockdown period to understand the ways in which this crisis has exacerbated previous challenges and created new ones. Many third sector organisations have adapted their service delivery, evidence gathering and evaluation processes to capture and disseminate timely information about their clients and communities to the public and to policymakers. Academic research has also responded by mobilising teams to gather new evidence.

At the heart of these activities has been the experiences and voices of people, communities and service providers facing these challenges head on. As we move out of the lockdown phase and into a recovery, or ‘the new normal’, it is vital that these voices stay central to any future decisions taken by policymakers and practitioners. In this seminar we will bring together academics and third sector organisations who have gathered evidence in the lockdown period to share and reflect on their findings, with an aim to develop key recommendations for all levels of government in the next phase.

Web event on 12 August 10:00am – 12:00pm

This two hour seminar and discussion shared findings, reflections and recommendations from three academic research teams and three third sector organisations who had carried out research in the lockdown period. These short presentations provided the basis for small group discussions.

Academic teams from the University of Glasgow (Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland) and the University of Aberdeen shared their work understanding the needs of vulnerable communities in urban and rural contexts and findings from the ‘Lockdown Lore’ collection project.

Third sector organisations: Voluntary Health Scotland , Scottish Community Development Centre , and Inclusion Scotland. also shared their work during this period,  

Two small group discussion periods allowed other participants from the third sector and academia to share their research findings and reflect on this work. Both the small and large groups worked together to create recommendations for local authority and/or national government in the ‘new normal’, with a focus on ways to embed the voices of communities in programmes, processes, and policies in the recovery phase.

This webevent replaced the event ‘Why Work Together?: Lessons from academic and third sector collaborations’ originally scheduled for 6 April which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recording of webinar and presentations are available on Policy Scotland website