National Standards Support Materials

These are a range of support materials that can help people to use the Standards.  These can be downloaded by following the links below.

National Standards Booklet

The National Standards booklet sets out the principles behind the standards, the 10 standards and their associated indicators that help you to judge whether the standards are being met.

User's Guide 

This guide sets out what the standards are for, who can use them and the different ways they can be used with some helpful tips on getting started. The guide aims to help everyone who wants to use the standards in a practical way and maximise their impact.

Illustrations from the Pilots 

The illustrations from the pilots aim to provide examples on how the standards can be used to support and improve community engagement in Scotland. The illustrations have been identified from the piloting of the standards which took place between April and December 2004. The purpose of the pilots was to test the capacity of the standards to support effective community engagement in a range of different settings.

The 10 National Standards 

A handy list of the 10 standards.


Standards Advice Notes

Using the Standards in Rural Communities
This advice note drawn on discussion with practitioners who have applied the National Standards for Community Engagement in remote rural communities.

Making the Standards accessible for Young People
This is an introduction to the standards that was written for work with young people but with minor tweaking could be used with many other groups.

Don't Treat Us All The Same
This advice note has been produced to support people who want to ensure community engagement is inclusive and promotes equal opportunities.

Further notes on engaging with Equalities Groups
These notes draw on the views and experience of participants about engagement with communities of interest and in particular those with a concern about equalities issues.  They are an addition to the advice note "Don't Treat Us All The Same"

Culture or Compliance: Monitoring the use of the National Standards for Community Engagement
This discussion paper describes growing and widespread adoption of the National Standards for Community Engagement in different policy contexts and reflects on the advantages and disadvantages of making them a formal measure of quality assurance.