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Scotland's leading community sector networks have joined together as the Scottish Community Alliance in order to  campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland.

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28 January 2015

First came his cyclonic vacuum cleaner, then the wheel-less wheelbarrow and now the nation’s hands are being dried as never before. Serial inventor James Dyson has a habit of turning conventional wisdom inside out in pursuit of a better outcome – just the kind of approach that’s needed to unlock the puzzle of public service reform.  It’s clear that simply saying everything is being co-designed and co-produced will achieve little unless what actually happens on the ground is manifestly different from all that has gone before. It’s not to say that our public services aren’t trying to adapt – but if we accept the proposition that the model itself is fundamentally flawed, then no amount of adaptation can succeed. So if it’s not to be evolution, perhaps the answer lies in revolution. 60 years ago, the work of academic W. Edwards Deming transformed how we think about the systems that shape our lives. Prof John Seddon has applied Deming’s ideas to a new model of public service.  The case he makes is compelling and most strikingly, he claims it delivers the holy grail of better outcomes for much less money. Could this be a Dyson moment for the public sector?

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The country's leading community based networks have joined together as the SCA to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland

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