A range of resources developed throughout the Meeting the Shared Challenge programme are now available here to download, along with addition useful resources developed by partners. The Meeting the Shared Challenge resources are intended for the use of commissioners, funders and managers as well as for practitioners and community organisations, and we hope you will find them useful.


For further information on any of these resources please contact

Understanding a Community-Led Approach to Health Improvement

This paper was commissioned by the Scottish Government in response to recommendation 1 of the Community-Led Supporting and Development Communities Task Group and written by SCDC.

Recommendation 1 proposes that further work be carried out to identify the 'logic' that underpins a community-led approach to health i.e. what outcomes can be expected from this way of working (what change this approach is intended to achieve) and what resources, methods and activities are necessary to achieve these outcomes (inputs, processes and outputs), in order to inform more appropriate and effective evaluation, and to provide the level of clarity required to support the integration of community-led health activity in local and national health improvement planning.

This paper is a response to this recommendation.  It presents the broad rationale for a community-led approach and the broad "theory of change" that underpins the approach and that informs community-led health practice with the aim of aiding understanding about what community health initiatives 'do' and the contribution of a community-led approach and community-led health practice to achieving current health priorities.

Continuing to Meet the Challenge: a report on Meeting the Shared Challenge

This report discusses the outcomes from the programme and will be of interest to health commissioners and funders as well as to practitioners and managers. The key issues in putting the health assets approach into practice are discussed in the main body of the report, while a more detailed consideration of theory and practice questions is provided in the report of the Meeting the Shared Challenge conference, presented as an appendix. Further resources and supports that are available are also described and signposted.

Engage magazine

Engage' was originally the magazine for the Meeting the Shared Challenge support programme commissioned by NHS Health Scotland. During the course of the first six issues (beginning with Issue #1 in September 2008), the magazine highlighted the activity of the national capacity-building programme for community-led health.  Though the programme came to an end in March 2010, this popular magazine was viewed as an invaluable source of discussion and debate for supporting and developing community-led approaches to health improvement. To that end, CHEX assumed editorship of the magazine beginning with Issue #7 (October 2010). 

Changing Ideas: Case Studies of strategic approaches to community-led health improvement

This report by Peter Taylor, internal evaluator for the Meeting the Shared Challenge programme, discusses the variety of approaches that can be taken to planning and supporting community-led health, and includes a useful set of learning points.

Making it Happen

This new report provides six case studies of community-led health in action which can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Demonstrating how the community-led approach works.
  • Building understanding and the capacity to develop good practice.
  • Showing the social connections and capital gained from community members coming together and the direct and indirect health benefits that result.
  • Showing examples of constructive partnership working between community groups, voluntary organisations and public sector agencies.
  • Strengthening the evidence base.
  • Identifying lessons and messages that are new to policy makers and practitioners.
  • Convincing the "unconvinced" of the approach (in particular local decision makers).
  • Having a national impact.

Social Capital, Health and Wellbeing: A planning and evaluation toolkit

The social capital toolkit  has been developed by the Edinburgh Health Inequalities Standing Group through its task group on social capital. For organisations whose work increases social capital, the toolkit will give a way of measuring what they already do. For others, it will provide a framework to plan and evaluate new social capital activities.  It will be useful, therefore, for managers, management committee members and funders to:  

  • measure the impact of existing work on social capital, health and wellbeing
  • clarify health and social capital outcomes
  • develop ideas to increase social capital
  • plan or commission new work.

The Standing Group have been working with the Meeting the Shared Challenge programme, and members presented the toolkit at the national conference on 1st February in Perth. Lynne Porteous, City of Edinburgh Council who is part of the Standing Group said, "We hope you'll find this resource helpful in providing a framework for us to work together - with common aims and shared outcomes - to show the importance of developing social capital and to measure its positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities."

For further information please contact Susan Shippey e-mail

Other useful resources:

Borders Building Community Capacity Building for Older People Project 
This report is an independent evaluation of the work and achievements of the Borders Building Community Capacity for Older People Project (BBCCOPP). This evaluation is to enable the project team and the Reshaping Care Board to plan for the future development of the work started by the project and achieving the policy and service aims to which the project contributed.

Communities in Control

This is the NHS Tayside strategy for health equity. It makes a strong case for engaging with communities as a central platform of addressing health inequalities. It advocates coproduction as the model for building effective partnerships for health with communities.

LEAP for Health

LEAP is a planning and evaluation framework designed to support a need-led; outcome-focussed; participatory approach to change.  LEAP for Health is designed specifically to support those working with communities to support health and wellbeing.

National Standards for Community Engagement

The National Standards for Community Engagement set out best practice guidance for engagement between communities and public agencies.

Making the Connections: Food for thought

Anticipatory care, self management and community-led cealth imporovement approaches for people with long term conditions.


Regional Networking Events

An opportunity for community and voluntary organisations and their partners to share learning

As part of the second year of the programme, CHEX hosted 4 Regional Networking Events across Scotland. The events were aimed at community and voluntary sector organisations and their partners to build on their involvement in the programme and provide an opportunity to share learning from across the country on:

  • raising awareness on community-led health
  • evidencing community-led health through case studies
  • taking community-led health forward into local health improvement planning structures
  • strengthening partnership support for community-led health

The events took place in Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

A full report of the events is available on the CHEX website along with reports of the CHEX Knowing Me Knowing You events.  If you would like further information  you can contact Elspeth Gracey of CHEX at or call 0141 222 4840.