Better by Design was a ground-breaking BIG Scotland programme to support a better and more sustainable voluntary sector across Scotland which ended earlier this year. The publication of the Better by Design User Guide accompanied the final celebration event for the programme. To download the User Guide click here.

User guide

The voluntary sector plays a vital role in reducing inequalities and improving lives for individuals and communities. However, voluntary and community organisations are facing unprecedented challenges, and working harder than ever in the context of a difficult funding environment.

BIG Scotland commissioned The Young Foundation and Haig Strategic Design to develop a programme of design-led support to 15 voluntary sector organisations across Scotland. The organisations were selected through a competitive process in February 2013 and the programme ran until May 2015.

The programme provided bespoke support for each organisation and used innovative and practical design techniques to put people at the centre of the services they want and need.

The programme included a series of learning events on design and innovation that are open to anyone from the voluntary and community sector who is interested, and reports, blogs tools and learning will be shared through the programme blog. Research for Real and Animate Consulting were the Learning Partners for the programme.

Find out more about the process in this brief animation.




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