A national research study which explored the diverse range of paid staff and volunteers in community learning and development (CLD) roles across Scotland.
Organisations and individuals involved in, or interested in, community learning and development in Scotland.
PDF file: Working with Scotland’s Communities - survey report (1.4 MB)Zip file: Survey results infographics (771 KB)
PDF file: Regional Reports 2016 - South East and Central Area (270 KB)
PDF file: Regional Reports 2016 - Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway Area (278 KB)
PDF file: Regional Reports 2016 - North Alliance Area (270 KB)
PDF file: Regional Reports 2016 - Tayside and Fife Area (274 KB)
PDF file: Regional Reports 2016 - West CLD Alliance Area (265 KB)
Working with Scotland’s Communities was a partnership between Education Scotland, Youthlink Scotland; The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC); The Workers Educational Association (WEA); (Learning Link Scotland); The CLD Standards Council for Scotland; and CLD Managers Scotland.
Paid staff and volunteers in CLD roles work in a wide range of different organisations across the public and third sectors. In recent years, increasing importance has been placed on the contribution of CLD to a range of national and local policy areas in Scotland, within a context of constraints on public spending. It was felt that it was necessary to have access to higher quality national information about the workforce that supports CLD activity.
Research partners agreed and publicised a definition of staff and volunteers in CLD roles. Organisations were encouraged to respond through partner networks across the public and third sectors.
The research involved an online survey, with a mix of quantitative and qualitative questions, aimed at organisations and services that employ CLD staff and volunteers. In total, 308 community, voluntary and public sector organisations and services across Scotland responded to the survey, and 246 of them provided detailed information about their workforce.
For more information about how the CLD workforce was defined, please see section 7 of this guidance document, which was provided to support people taking part in the survey.
PDF file: Working with Scotland's Communities - survey guide (245 KB)
Education Scotland (2015). Working with Scotland’s Communities. A survey of who does community learning and development. Livingston: Education Scotland.
CLD national policy
The CLD Standards Council for Scotland
The Workers Educational Association Scotland
CLD Managers Scotland
Learning Link Scotland
The Scottish Community Development Centre