Scottish Universities Insight Institute : a development from the institute for advanced studies

a development from the institute for advanced studies

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Follow Up Programmes

The Insight Institute is supporting a number of follow up activities which build on previous successful programmes. These projects are aimed at developing programme outcomes and results, and ultimately maximising impact on policy and practice.


Reclaiming Lost Childhoods: Developing a Web-based Data Archive and Directory of Child Care Services and Records in Scotland

Reclaiming Lost Childhoods addressed the needs of adults who had experienced care as children to be able to investigate and access information and records about their time in a range of settings: institututions, residential care and foster care.

The follow-on project aims to further develop specific work in relation to identifying archives of records of both children and children's services, the facillitation of access to records, and the policy and practice of the redaction of records.

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Community Credit Unions and Payroll Deduction

A key policy recommendation from the Credit Unions programme was 'encouraging all employers to partner with credit unions to make saving and repaying loans via payroll deduction a standard workplace benefit for people across Scotland'.

Building on outcomes from the first series of workshops, this pilot project will contribute to the development of payroll deduction initiatives and the use of website technology for improving financial health. Two community-based credit unions will be supported in forming their first partnerships with local employers and implementing payroll deduction as a service innovation. 

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Memory-Friendly Neighbourhoods

Memory-Friendly Neighbourhoods explored how local communities can support people with dementia.  The project highlighted how online access is becoming increasingly central to community participation for people living with dementia, as well as an important route to accessing information about their health, wellbeing and quality of life. 

Following on from this, MFN ii - the Virtual Neighbourhood, will directly address knowledge gaps identified around digital exclusion and dementia. By exploring the navigation of online environments for a person living with dementia, the programme will develop guidelines for web designers and their clients to maximise the reach and impact of work done across academia, policy, practice and the not-for-profit sector.