Scotland Policy Lab: Health and Wellbeing

The AHRC Creative Communities programme Policy Lab took place in Scotland, at the Scottish Storytellers Centre in Edinburgh, on 31 January 2024. The Lab brought together a diverse group of leaders from academia, the public, third and private sector, community leaders, creative practitioners and young people, to co-create new policy solution suggestions within the context of the devolved Scottish government, on the role of arts and culture in delivering better health and wellbeing outcomes.

Though creative facilitation, the Health and Wellbeing themed Policy Lab encouraged cross-sector discussion to harness opportunities and tackle challenges using culture as a lever to unlock the potential of devolution. More than Minutes have now produced an illustrated record of these opportunities and challenges, along with key issues, needs and potential solutions identified by participants, and discussion on how to embed communities in policy making and R&D to create a more inclusive innovation ecosystem, providing a creative visual of what was discussed in the room that day.

The policy recommendations from the Policy Lab will enable arts and culture to create a stronger, fairer economy and society through delivering cross-sector into healthcare targets. The policy proposals will be presented to a diverse range of stakeholders including the Scottish government, local NHS trusts, universities, funders and third and private sector organisations later this year.  

Across 2024, the AHRC Creative Communities team are hosting Policy Labs in each of the four nations of the UK, using co-creation methods in generating new policy solutions specific to the contexts of each nation, with potential to influence wider UK policy.   


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