Building National Resilience

Overarching aim

To enhance Scotland’s ability to anticipate and respond to major shocks.

Objectives

  • To consider what a resilient nation looks like and the underpinning features that support resilience.
  • To identify the key threats and challenges that face Scotland and the wider world in the coming years, and that Scotland needs to be resilient against.
  • To explore how resilience can be built up and developed including what needs to change and what we need to do differently and the supporting infrastructure required.
  • To stimulate debate on these issues and around some of the wider questions raised about interconnectedness and supply chains.

Working Group Membership

Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRSE (Chair/Commissioner), Jim Fairbairn OBE FRSE (Commissioner), Professor Francisca Mutapi FRSE, Professor Chris Johnson FRSE and Francesca Osowska OBE FRSE.


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Data, Evidence & Science

Overarching aim

To enhance Scotland’s ability to effectively utilise data, evidence and science, in preparing for and responding to major challenges and to support or enhance wellbeing.

Specific objectives:

  • To examine the lessons that can be learned from Covid-19 in terms of how data, evidence and science was accessed, curated, and used by the Scottish and UK Governments.
  • To identify the mechanisms (structures and processes) required to enable Scotland to effectively coordinate and make best use of the wide body of specialist knowledge and expertise that exists within the countrye (and beyond), both on an ongoing basis and in crisis situations.
  • To consider what Covid has taught us about how data, evidence and science is effectively communicated to the public and how public trust in government (at all levels) and academia can be secured and maintained.
  • To consider the role of all forms of media (both traditional and social) on public understanding of data, evidence and science, and their impact on public confidence and behaviour.
  • To stimulate debate on wider questions and issues such as balancing the use of data for social good with privacy and confidentiality concerns.

Working Group Membership

Professor Niamh Nic Daéid FRSE (Chair/Commissioner), Sir Harry Burns FRSE (Commissioner), Peter McColl YAS (Commissioner), Professor Linda Bauld FRSE, Professor Stephen Reicher FRSE, Professor Graeme Reid FRSE, Professor Philip Schlesinger FRSE, Professor Maggie Gill OBE FRSE, Gillian Docherty OBE.


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Inclusive Public Service

Objectives

  • Learn from the practices, approaches and outcomes of those delivering “active citizenship” (including person-centred) public service across Scotland, both pre- and post-Covid-19.
  • Identify how such practices might be extended across the public service landscape, with a focus on identifying pathways to meaningful scaling-up from individual cases.
  • Identify changes that are possible (a) in the next 12-18 months, (b) at a wider systemic level in a 5+ year timeframe, and (c) over a longer time horizon of, say, 35+ years.
  • Communicate effectively with influential decision-makers with the Working Group acting as a catalyst for change by citing evidence from multiple, compelling cases.
  • Maximise the likelihood of sustainable change by ensuring that proposed changes are informed by dialogue with users/those with lived experience, specialists and public service experts from third, private and public sector. (Where sustainable includes economic, social and environmental criteria).

Working Group Membership

Caroline Gardner FRSE (Chair/Commissioner), Lesley Fraser (Commissioner), Dame Seona Reid DBE FRSE (Commissioner), Professor Stephen Gillespie FRSE, Professor Nicholas Watson FRSE, Dr Bridget McConnell CBE FRSE, Stephanie Philips, Steven Henderson, Theresa Shearer.

Public Debate & Participation

Overarching aim

To examine how the public has been informed and engaged during the pandemic, the extent of participation in decision making during the pandemic, and consider how we build on this experience.

Objectives

  • To examine how the public has been informed and engaged in Scotland’s Covid-19 experience.
  • To consider how we build on this experience to improve both public debate and public participation in decision making.
  • To model better public debate and better participative practice across all our work.

Working Group Membership

Louise Macdonald OBE (Co-Chair/Commissioner), Talat Yaqoob FRSE (Co-Chair/Commissioner), James Naughtie FRSE (Commissioner), Dr. Ruth Lightbody, Professor Mary Bownes OBE FRSE , Professor Elizabeth (Lee) Innes MBE FRSE, Matthew Chrisman YAS, John Beaton, Briana Pegado.


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