Edinburgh Compact Partnership

Established in 2005 the Edinburgh Compact Partnership is one of the city’s Strategic Partnerships with responsibilities for supporting partner and partnership activity relevant to Reducing Inequalities, Building strong Communities and Developing an Inclusive National Identity.

Under the banner ‘In Equal Respect’ the Edinburgh Compact Partnership supports the shaping of a context conducive to social progress.  The following paragraphs describe the Compact Partnership’s core values and the key actions it intends to take to further its aims.

Compact Principles from Strategy Document ‘In Equal Respect’ Dec 2005:

  • In Equal Respect
    • Transparency; Accountability; Clear Communication; Equity; and Respect


Compact Actions 

Influencing decision-making and policy direction within Partnership Forums – ranging from Neighbourhood Partnerships through Strategic and Thematic Partnerships to the Edinburgh Partnership and its sub-groups.  To this end the Compact Partnership will seek to articulate a strategic Third Sector ethos and to demonstrate the distinctive value of Third Sector activities.

Mainstreaming a Social Value Approach to service designed and delivery – intending to encourage and enable service planners, commissioning agents and front-line delivery staff explicitly to adopt approaches to enhance Social Value.  To this end the Compact Partnership will seek to provide guidance on usable tools and techniques to guide options appraisal and differential social impact analyses.

Developing improved relationships between the Public and Third Sector fit for the purposes of (generally) enhancing Economic Democracy and (particularly) increasing levels of agency and control for disadvantaged communities.  To this end the Compact Partnership will explore opportunities to promote the effective use of Community Benefit Clauses and to enable the development of Public Social Partnerships.

Compact Values 

  • Promoting Equality and Tackling Inequalities;
  • Inclusive, Citizen-led, Empowering and Creative Approaches;
  • Enabling and Promoting Positive Culture Change across different Sectors;
  • Mutuality, Equality, Human Rights; and
  • Parity of Esteem