This section features the guides, reports, and networks that support good practice engagement.

Guides, reports and toolkits

  • Knowledge is Power – Community-led action research toolkit: Community-led action research is where the community decides on the issue to be researched, designs and carries out the research, and makes use of the results. This toolkit outlines what community-led action research looks like, how it works, how to deliver it, and how to use it to take action.
  • National Standards for Community Engagement: The Standards are good-practice principles designed to improve and guide the process of community engagement, helping to build and sustain relationships between public services and community groups, and take action on the needs or issues that communities experience. The Standards were developed by the Scottish Community Development Centre, who host a range of useful resources to support people engaging with communities.
  • WHO framework for meaningful engagement with lived experience: This framework shares understanding, knowledge and action on meaningful engagement and related participatory approaches from an evolving evidence base.
  • Planning with People: community engagement and participation guidance: This guidance sets out the responsibilities of Integration Joint Boards, NHS boards and local authorities to involve community engagement in the planning and consideration of changes to health and social care services, and to ensure people are involved meaningfully.


  • The Community of Practice – Lived Experience is facilitated by the ALLIANCE, but is a cross-sector network of individuals and professionals involved in lived experience. The group meets quarterly to provide a space to connect, and share learning, challenges and ideas on meaningfully involving lived experience across all areas of policy and service development.
  • The Scottish Co-production Network is a way for people to share ideas and learning about co-production: a way for those who run public services and those who use them, to come together to make the most their own skills and ideas to improve how services work. The Network hosts learning events where people can share their learning and experiences, publishes materials and resources to support good practice, and promotes the sharing of co-production approaches across Scotland.
  • The Personal Outcomes Network is a national cross-sector group with membership from across health, social care, education and housing. Members work in a wide range of roles but share a common passion for developing and implementing personal outcomes approaches locally and nationally. The Network is an open group, which holds quarterly meetings and aims to offer a safe place for reflection and sharing of practice through stories, learning, resources and evidence.

Have you found any useful resources that have supported your lived experience work?

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