Lesley Thomson

Written 17 posts

National Performance Framework Engagement Lead

What’s happening with the National Performance Framework in 2024?

18th January 2024

2024 will be a big year for the National Performance Framework (NPF). Last year was all about engagement and analysis – key parts of the statutory review of our National Outcomes. We set out what’s happening in the next phase of our work.

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Reviewing Scotland’s National Outcomes

25th April 2023

This weeks sees us at the half way point of the external engagement phase of the National Outcomes Review.

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Fifteen years of national outcomes – what’s next for Scotland’s National Performance Framework?

14th November 2022

Scotland’s National Performance Framework celebrates its fifteenth birthday. An update on progress and some next steps.

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Scottish Funding Council launches report on Scotland’s research contribution to National Outcomes

12th April 2022

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) report ‘Scotland’s Research Contribution to National and International Challenges’ highlights the significant contribution that Scottish research has made over the last decade to addressing the societal, economic and environmental challenges highlighted by the National Performance Framework (NPF) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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Five things you’ve told us about the National Performance Framework

8th March 2022

The top takeaways from our National Performance Framework 2021 user survey. What you told us about how you use the NPF. And how we can improve it.

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Improving how we predict and measure our impact

21st December 2021

Along with Social Investment Scotland and CivTech we’re seeking a streamlined, user friendly way to predict impact when planning future projects. And then track developing outputs and outcomes to demonstrate their full impact.

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Wellbeing: Wha’s like us?

26th October 2021

We review our National Outcomes regularly to make sure they reflect what matters most to people in Scotland. Just now, as we plan the next review, we’re looking at what’s happening elsewhere in the world. Helping us see what is uniquely ‘Scottish’. And to consider what we might learn from others.

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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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