skip to main content

Working with Scotland’s Communities 2018 Survey is now live

Please take part in research into the community learning and development workforce

The CLD Standards Council and Education Scotland have commissioned Rocket Science UK Ltd to conduct research into the community learning and development workforce. The core of the research is an online survey – which can be completed as an individual and/or on behalf of your organisation – with the option to take part in some follow up telephone interviews later in the year.

The survey is now live and will be open until Friday 10th August

Your views are important for us to be able to understand who is doing what across Scotland. This helps us to better advocate for community learning and development, and better support the workforce, volunteers, employer organisations and organisations with the training and development needs.

We want to hear from:

  • Individual CLD practitioners and volunteers
  • Organisations that employ staff in CLD roles and other stakeholder organisations with an interest in CLD

It is possible to complete the survey more than once – as an individual and on behalf of your organisation. The online survey will ask you each time to say in what capacity you are answering.

Responses from individuals

We are keen to hear from you if you are a practitioner or volunteer who:

  • Works with communities to support their learning and development
  • This could include a wide range of job titles including: community learning and development, community development, youth work, community planning, public health, adult or family learning, or inequality, poverty or other interventions in the community.
  • Works in the public or third sectors
  • Works in a way that meets the national competencies and values of community learning and development


Responses from organisations

  • As well as individuals we want to hear from all organisations that employ community and learning development practitioners –i.e. anyone who fits into the list above. We would like one survey response from the employer organisations on behalf of  their whole organisation, regional office, department or team.
  • Finally we are also keen to hear from other organisations who might not employ staff in CLD roles but who have an interest in community learning and development as a stakeholder.

All responses will be anonymised. We will not use this information to compare performance, expenditure or needs between specific organisations or local authorities. All answers will be aggregated, and the key themes reported on by Rocket Science for Education Scotland and the CLD Standards Council.