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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Basic documents

In this section you will find links to a wide variety of documents and websites. Information from our past Bulletins can be found in the following places:

As a starting point, look at

Here are some other basic resources:

Introductions to Community Development

The CDAS pamphlets:

“How Community Development happens: Why stronger communities matter and what it takes to develop them”

“What Community Development Does: A short guide for decision makers to how it achieves results”

can be found on the Our Short Guides to Community Development page.

Principles and values

National Occupational Standards for community development (UK)

Competences for Community Learning and Development

Code of Ethics for Community Learning and Development (CLD Standards Council for Scotland)

The Budapest Declaration
A statement on Community Development from the Budapest Conference in March 2004, attended by 130 community development workers, policy makers, researchers, donors and representatives from government from around Europe.

The Budapest Declaration – A Scottish Perspective (.pdf, 90kb)
Key Points from a CDAS Workshop

Community Capacity Building

Capacity for change

This Scottish Government resource brings together frameworks and tools that may be helpful in building community capacity. It provides practical advice on planning, building and sustaining community capacity building activity and on assessing its impact. Case studies and reflective activities are included.

Resource Guide (.pdf)

A guide to resources on Community Capacity Building, complied by the Scottush Community Development Centre for the Scottish Government – contains links to many practical tools and overviews.

CLDMS Position Statement (.doc, 122kb)

Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland’s Position Statement on Community Capacity Building, updated April 2010, aims to contribute to a shared understanding of, and increased focus on, Community Capacity Building and its contribution to wider agendas, in particular, Community Empowerment, Community Engagement and Community Planning.

Firm foundations (.pdf, 718kb)

This report brings to a conclusion a major review and consultation process focusing on UK Government support for community capacity building, that is to say programmes and activities which enable people to take a more active part in their communities, and the policies that affect them.

Community Engagement

National Standards for Community Engagement (.pdf, 441kb)

First published in 2004 after an extensive consultation process, and revised in 2015,  the National Standards for Community Engagement are now referred to and, we hope, put into practice in many situations around Scotland. A wide range of supporting material for the Standards is available.

Skills and Learning

Better Community Engagement – a framework for learning

January 2007 report, prepared for Learning Connections by SCDC. The report aims to support learning for community engagement; it offers a framework for curriculum development, provides guidance on using the framework, and suggests the elements of a strategy for improving skills and practice in community engagement.

Community learning and development training for professionals engaged in community regeneration and community planning

This Summary and Report of a research study explore the learning needs of a wide range of professionals as they seek to develop more participatory ways of planning and delivering services. The conclusions of the study link closely with Creating a learning landscape: A skills framework for community regeneration, developed by the Scottish Centre for Regneration.

Full Report (763KB)

Skills Framework for Community Regeneration

Other manifestos etc

A Community Development Manifesto for Scotland (.doc, 50kb)
Produced by the Scottish Community Development Network, January 2007

The Community Development Challenge
Produced in 2006 by UK organisations including the Community Development Foundation and the Community Development Exchange for the Departmenty of Communities and Local Government, this document provides one of the clearest and most compelling accounts of the importance of community development now


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