Publication November 2020

So, What Happens Next? Hard Edges Scotland

Launched in 2019, Hard Edges Scotland brought together a range of quantitative and qualitative data, stories and experiences to help understand Scotland through the lens of five key indicators of disadvantage – homelessness; substance dependency; offending; mental health and domestic violence. Following the publication of the report, a micro-grants programme was launched to encourage others to talk about the report and the issues it raised for them, culminating in an event in February 2020 which allow people to meet and talk about how system change could and should be possible.

This paper is a chance for you to hear where our conversations took us since the report was published. It is a way for us to reconnect with and reignite the conversation that needs to continue if systems change is ever going to happen. It is an attempt to share with others why and how we think CONVERSATION can make systematic impact. Talk is not cheap and it is certainly not always easy – but without it, things will never change.