Finance and Public Administration Committee
National Performance Framework: Ambitions into Action
In 2007 the Scottish Government introduced the National Performance Framework (NPF). It sets out the government’s ambitions for society and the values that guide its approach.
The framework says it aims to get everyone in Scotland to work together. This includes:
- national and local government
- voluntary organisations
- people living in Scotland
To help achieve its purpose, the framework sets out National Outcomes - currently 11 in total.
The framework measures Scotland’s progress against the National Outcomes. To do this, it uses ‘National Indicators’.
These indicators give a measure of national wellbeing. They include a range of economic, social and environmental indicators.
The Finance and Public Administration Committee is looking at how the National Outcomes shape Scottish Government policy aims and spending decisions, and in turn, how this drives delivery at national and local level.
The remit for this inquiry is to look at the current structures, processes and cultures that are in place to help deliver the National Outcomes.
The committee will consider whether these work as well as they can or should be improved.
Considering how appropriate and effective the National Outcomes are is not part of this inquiry. These will be reviewed separately by the Scottish Government later in 2022-23 and this Committee will have a role in that review.
To inform this inquiry, the Committee is looking for written views from organisations with experiences of using the National Outcomes in the NPF to shape their policy making and decision taking as well as delivery at national and local level.
The committee is particularly keen to hear from:
- local government
- the public sector
- business organisations
- the voluntary sector
This consultation closed on 22 April 2022
Alongside seeking written views, the Committee will also take oral evidence and undertake fact-finding visits. The Committee’s views will be reported later this year and will also inform the Committee’s later work on the Scottish Government’s review of the National Outcomes later in 2022/23.
The Committee received 38 submissions to its call for views. 22 submissions were received on Citizen Space and can be read on that platform. 16 further submissions were received via email and are reproduced below:
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SPICe Summary of Submissions
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produced a summary of the written submissions received to its call for views. The summary can be viewed below at the following link:
The Committee took evidence on the following dates:
Tuesday 31 May 2022
The Committee took evidence from the Scottish Government.
Tuesday 24 May 2022
The Committee took evidence from:
Panel 1: COSLA and Fife Council;
Panel 2 (in a roundtable format): Children in Scotland, Open University in Scotland, Oxfam Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Revenue Scotland, Scotland CAN B, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Supplementary Written Evidence
Following the meeting on 24 May 2022, Fife Council and Open University in Scotland wrote to the Committee will follow-up information on issues raised during the meeting:
Tuesday 17 May 2022
The Committee took evidence from Dr Ian Elliott, Northumbria University, Dr Max French, Northumbria University, and from Carnegie UK.
Tuesday 29 March 2022
The Committee took evidence from the Scottish Leaders Forum Accountability and Incentives Action Group.
Committee Engagement Events
The Committee held a number of engagement events as part of its inquiry into the National Performance Framework. Notes of the events are reproduced below:
Tuesday 3 May 2022
Tuesday 10 May 2022
The Committee's report was published on 3 October 2022. Read the report at the following link:
Scottish Government and COSLA Responses
The Scottish Government and COSLA have responded to the Committee's report. Read the responses at the following links:
Call for evidence
Late May/June 2022
The Committee will hear oral evidence
The Committee will publish its report