2021 marked 10 years since the publication of the independent report from the Christie Commission on the future delivery of public services. In this Improvement Service Thought Leadership series, COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison, Young Scot Chair Elma Murray OBE, and James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy at University of Edinburgh, share their perspectives on the lasting impact of the Commission and how we can bring the principles forward.
The report comprised of thought-provoking recommendations from evidence compiled and analysed by the Commission, including through calls for evidence, stakeholder meetings and regional events. The Christie Commission called for a radical, new, collaborative culture throughout public services; for the prioritisation of preventive measures towards deprivation and other inequalities; and a move away from a ‘top down’ public service system that the Commission reflected on as unresponsive to the needs of individuals and communities.
All interviews in this series were recorded in 2021, against the backdrop of 18 months in the COVID-19 pandemic. The series was produced by Lynn Sharp and is available in video format on Youtube and audio-only format on Spotify