The Improvement Service (IS) is the national improvement organisation for local government in Scotland.
Our purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.
Through a series of principles, the IS works to promote improvement in local government and among its partners to support them improve outcomes and reduce the outcome gaps within populations and within areas.
The IS delivers a range of products and services that support CPPs to build their capacity to deliver the public service reform agenda.
The IS has a non-partisan role to support all elected members in Scotland.
The Improvement Service has pulled together information on Scottish local authorities' decision making and governance arrangements. The information should help local authorities to see the different governance arrangements in place across all 32 councils. It should also help public service partner organisations as well as local people understand how their local authority makes decisions and what arrangements are in place for effective governance and scrutiny.
The Improvement Services produces a series of newsletters on a range of subjects, including myaccount, elected members, tellmescotland as well as the main IS newsletter. Subscribe on this page.
An 'associates framework' is being commissioned by the IS as part of our support for councils and CPPs. The key purpose of the framework is to provide access to a wide range of expert support and resources to help the IS, CPPs and councils progress work where they need extra capacity on a flexible basis.
The framework agreement is being set up by the IS for use by the IS and all 32 councils. It is our intention to cap associate's day rates to ensure the support on offer is affordable and provides value for money. The IS will be writing to all 32 council chief executives throughout May 2017 to explain our approach and what help we may need from councils to ensure this resource model can truly add value.
If you are someone who is interested in joining the framework we will be holding information events very soon. These events will provide you with the opportunity to find out more about the associates model and the types of skills, experience and knowledge the IS will be looking for.
If you are interested in attending please send your details to email@example.com and we will add you to our mailing list and keep you updated on exactly when the events will take place.