Education Scotland, in partnership with Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), has released the reports of a pilot study which sought to explore the impact that Development Trusts have upon their communities. Sampling three very different trusts: Inverclyde Community Development Trust; Mull and Iona Community Trust and; Huntly and District Development Trust, the reviews highlight both the individual strengths of each organisation and merits that all three have in common.
Most significant of these is the recognition that development trusts have a positive impact on the lives of the community in which they operate and that each makes a strong contribution to the local economy alongside a significant contribution to the place-making agenda. Other common strengths highlighted across the three studies include:
- Strong, competent and effective boards
- Established track records of partnership working
- A ‘can do’ approach.