Resources: Future Paisley Evaluation

Future Paisley originated in the bidding process for City of Culture 2021. Although that accolade was ultimately awarded to Coventry, the network of stakeholders and collaborators who worked with such enthusiasm to develop and deliver the bid recognised that the process itself had been of value and, that there was potential to harness the ideas and interest generated over the bidding time frame to achieve some significant goals for the town and surrounding area.

Future Paisley comprises a diverse range of cultural events and activities based around Paisley and Renfrewshire’s unique and internationally-significant story, utilising targeted investment to deliver positive change. The programme has striven to place culture at the heart of Paisley and Renfrewshire’s regeneration, harnessing the power of culture to support people’s lives for the better, by integrating its benefits through key public services such as health and social care, education and housing.

Project leads collaborated with colleagues from CCSE and Liverpool-based DHA Communications to develop a range of evaluation and case study resources. This process has helped those involved in Future Paisley to track and record the outcomes, outputs, impacts and learning from Future Paisley activity. The range of outputs emerging from the evaluation work itself is also a compelling legacy for Future Paisley.


Future Paisley’s work has been driven by 5 principal Step Changes. These are:

  • 1. Radically change Paisley’s image and reputation in Scotland, the UK, and internationally.
  • 2. Raise prosperity and increase wellbeing in our communities.
  • 3. Paisley will be recognised for its cultural innovation.
  • 4. Transform Paisley into a vibrant town centre.
  • 5. Develop a sustainable and resilient creative economy in Renfrewshire.

Resources will be added to these pages as they become available.

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