Local Area Research & Intelligence Association (LARIA)

How can we use evidence better to support locally-led and joined-up approaches to tackling child poverty in Scotland?

In March the Scottish Government published its updated Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan. The document emphasises the importance of effective use of evidence to help tackle child poverty. This is especially true given the declining resources available across the sector.

Local government has a central role to play, recognising that we need more locally-led, joined-up, and evidence-informed action on child poverty. In the wake of the pandemic, and with an escalating cost of living crisis, this is more important than ever.

What will be Covered?

In support of Challenge Poverty Week, LARIA in Scotland invites you to this workshop to explore how evidence – be it in the form of research, data or intelligence – can support in tackling child poverty.

Our aim is to understand how we can improve the use of evidence and identify opportunities for new and strengthened collaborations to support this. We will also explore how we can develop the capacities required to support these efforts and share good practice in this space.

Before spending time in discussion, will hear examples of recent work including:

  • How the use of powerful datasets, including commercial and publicly available data, can provide insights that enable Local Authorities to track, understand and address the needs arising at a local level.
  • Hanna McCulloch (Improvement Service) on recently developed recommendations for improving the use of data and intelligence in remote, rural and island authorities.
  • Dr Rachel Shanks (University of Aberdeen) on recent research on school clothing grants and how school uniform policy could help reduce the cost of the school day.

We will then break into groups to explore what more effective use of evidence might look like, discuss how we can work together going forward, and identify what further support may be needed.

Who is it for?

The webinar is for anyone working with evidence relevant to tackling child poverty, with a particular focus on local government related work, including:

  • Policy professionals
  • Practitioners
  • Researchers
  • Data analysts

If you are interested in how we can better use evidence to address the challenges local government faces, then this webinar is for you.

Opportunities identified at this workshop will inform follow-on engagement activities led by LARIA Scotland.

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