Co-design Service

Our co-design service involves young people creating, designing and delivering solutions in collaboration with organisations.

Young people have a significant role to play in encouraging organisations and communities to adopt a more collaborative culture, focusing resources to effectively meet the needs of individuals and communities.

Are you ready to engage in the tried and tested Young Scot co-design process with young people?

The Young Scot Co-design Process

Co-design is about much more than just understanding their issues it’s about giving young people the power to create real change to policy, practice and services. Co-design goes beyond consultation, it engages young people as equals, with shared power and resources.

By engaging in a Co-design project, you are tapping into young people’s insight, enthusiasm and honesty to find out what they really want and how to make it happen It can help you to develop informed insights, ideas, recommendations and solutions for policy and practice.

The Young Scot Co-design Service ties into key policy areas including:

  • United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child
  • Public Service Reform/Christie Commission
  • Community Empowerment Act
  • Getting It Right for Every Child
  • Scottish Government Education Service Review – Rights and Participation Strategies
  • National Youth Work Strategy

Over the past six years we've tackled a wide range of topics and worked with hundreds of partners. Want to find out more?

How does Co-design work?

Every Co-design project has a bespoke plan to meet your objectives. Within the model we typically use and blend a range of approaches that are much greater than the sum of parts.


Working with our Insights and Intelligence Officer at the Young Scot Observatory we can use online surveys other activities to offer a snapshot of current attitudes and emerging trends.


Workshops are focussed local sessions to quickly understand the priority issues for young people.


Taking place over one or two days, Jams are highly immersive events with young people and stakeholders
working together.


A co-design panel involved an established group to becoming experts on a specific challenge over three to twelve months, developing ideas and recommendations as they go.

Youth Commissions

Over one or more years, a youth commission investigation includes in-depth understanding, developing their own evidence gathering and engaging with other young people.

Why Co-design?

The Young Scot Co-design model can help you  ‘flip the radar’, to let you see what’s on the horizon from the perspective of young people who are experts of their own experience.


Using the Young Scot Co-design methodology you are demonstrating to young people that you are engaging with them meaningfully


All of the organisations we work with discovered the benefits of making decisions with young people to solve real world challenges and exciting new ways of working.


Co-design can help build-capacity, develop skills and increase collaboration within your own teams too.


Co-design will help you develop new ideas and challenge old ways of thinking.


Co-design can be used to direct and influence any area of policy or service design.

Current Co-design projects

Every day we're working with young people and our partners to explore a diverse and important range of topics. If you would like to discuss any of our projects or if you would like to meet the young people involved please get in touch.

The Learner Panel for Scottish Education

The Learner Panel for Scottish Education

Children and young people will have more of a say in their education, thanks to a new Learner Panel that
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National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG)

National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG)

Young people from across the country were selected by Young Scot and Creative Scotland to form NYAAG (National Youth Arts
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The Save Study Spend Group


Working with the Money Advice Service, the ‘Save,Study,Spend will research and identify support and services for students to help them get
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Young People's Sport Panel

Young People’s Sport Panel

Young Scot support sportscotland to manage the Young People’s Sport Panel a national platform to represent a voice of young
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National Transport Strategy Review

National Transport Strategy Review

During the Year of Young People 2018, Transport Scotland and Young Scot are working together to involve young people in
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In a project with the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership, Scotland’s local transport networks are the focus of a
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Angela Constance announced the Youth Volunteering Panel

Youth Volunteering Strategy National Design Team

As part of the Year of Young People, ProjectScotland and Young Scot are working to develop recommendations to help the
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Youth Commission on Mental Health

Youth Commission on Mental Health

The Youth Commission on Mental Health Services - in a partnership between the Scottish Government, Young Scot and the Scottish
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ReRoute is Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel who are working with Scottish Natural Heritage and Young Scot to involve young people
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The young people for the Next Chapter SLIC and Young Scot Project

The Next Chapter

The Young Scot Public Libraries Vision Panel involves young people presenting their own ideas and recommendations on the future of
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BBC Next

BBC Next

BBC Scotland is joining forces with Young Scot to give young people across Scotland the opportunity to shape BBC Scotland’s
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The Young Scot 5Rights Leadership Group meet Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder of 5Rights to launch their project

5Rights Youth Leadership Group

The Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group is 30 young people from all over Scotland. Supported by Young Scot, the
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Carnegie Trust
Carnegie Trust