Written 10 posts

National Performance Framework Engagement Lead

Improving the National Performance Framework

30th September 2021

When the Scottish Government introduced the first National Performance Framework (NPF) in 2007, it had a significant impact. It helped to give the public sector, and individuals and organisations across the third and private sectors, a very clear vision of the kind of country we wanted to create. Continuous improvement As we have sought to…

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How to solve a problem like policy for outcomes. Or ‘Outcomes-focused policy making in Scotland: A guide’

9th February 2021

Almost exactly a year ago, on 13 February 2020, we sat down in St Andrews House with some lovely folks from Bridge 47, the IDEAS network, SDG Network Scotland, Scotland’s International Development Alliance and Oxfam Scotland. The lovely folks had a proposal. Did we want to work with them to develop guidance to help policy…

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What impact has COVID-19 had on Scotland’s wellbeing?

19th January 2021

In December, along with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), we published a report about the impact the pandemic is having on Scotland. Scotland’s Wellbeing: The impact of COVID-19 brings together evidence on how the pandemic has affected Scotland’s progress towards our National Outcomes. It also tells us how individuals have experienced the pandemic….

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The impact of social housing

27th October 2020

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), has created a Social Value Toolkit. The toolkit will help housing associations and co-operatives measure and increase the social value they create in their communities. The toolkit was developed by Michael McLaughlin, Social Insight Lead, as part of SFHA’s Innovation and Future Thinking Programme. Here, Michael explains the…

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More than pounds and pence: A national framework for valuing Scotland’s land

22nd July 2020

The Scottish Land Commission recently published guidance which places wellbeing at the heart of developing vacant or derelict land. In this post, Kathie Pollard, Policy Officer at the Commission, explains the thinking behind the guidance. “Getting the measure right is crucially important. If we measure the wrong thing, we will do the wrong thing. If…

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My experience of having a ‘Youth Voice in a Sustainable Democracy’

10th February 2020

This post has been written for us by Morven Sneddon, a sustainability consultant working in the engineering industry. Morven has recently taken part in a Project Scotland and IDEAS project funded by Erasmus+ aimed at bringing the voices of young people to the heart of government.   In a couple of weeks, Project Scotland will…

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Why the National Performance Framework needs to be kinder to itself

13th November 2019

The Carnegie UK Trust began its work on measuring wellbeing with a high-level Roundtable on ‘Measuring What Matters in Scotland’ in 2010. They have continued to be closely involved in the development of Scotland’s wellbeing approach over the subsequent decade. In September this year, the Trust asked us to pause and consider how Scotland could…

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Does the National Performance Framework mean anything to the third sector?

29th October 2019

Steven Marwick, Director of Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS), kindly agreed to reflect on an event ESS ran with us earlier in June.     Does the National Performance Framework mean anything to the third sector? That’s the question a group of third sector organisations were answering at an event in June 2019. If the answer…

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The big idea: Measuring what matters

7th October 2019

“You know what we choose to measure as a country matters – it really matters, because it drives political focus, it drives public activity and against that context I think the limitations of GDP as a measurement of a country’s success is all too obvious. GDP measures the output of all of our work but…

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The big picture

11th March 2019

My friend and colleague, Linda Hunter, had been getting lots of questions from her daughters about what she does at work.
So Linda decided to use the National Performance Framework as the basis of an illustration to tell them the story of how the work we do in the Scottish Government connects to the things and people they know.

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