The Brief

Since 2014, Carnegie UK Trust has been leading the Understanding Scottish Places consortium to create a new data platform for towns practitioners and communities. The work has been commissioned by the Scottish Government as part of its Town Centre Action Plan and the first version of USP was launched online in April 2015.

The primary aims of the USP data platform are to enable towns practitioners to:

  1. Understand their town within a Scottish typology
  2. Understand their town’s function, particularly in relation to the interrelationships and flows between towns.
  3. Be equipped to explore locally available data to complement the findings displayed on the data platform

The online toolkit aims to provide accessible visual information which will help practitioners, decision makers and stakeholders work together to understand towns, and plan and evaluate strategies to deliver improvements in what are often challenging times for our towns.

The project is a joint venture between Carnegie UK Trust, CLES, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and the University of Stirling.  The website can be found at


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