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Economic Development - working with councils to improve the impact of their economic development actitivies


Hannah Young
Project Manager

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Economic Outcomes Programme - Resources

Economic Development Improvement GuideEconomic Development Improvement Guide - a practical toolkit to help councils improve their econcomic development


The EOP was initially formed to embed the key messages of the Economic Development Guide, which was developed by the Improvement Service for the Scottish Local Authorities’ Economic Development (SLAED) Group. The Guide provides a practical toolkit, which encourages councils to ‘raise the bar’ in economic development by critically reviewing their activities, sharing good practice and identifying areas for improvement.


Download the Guide

Download the Summary Guide

SLAED Indicators Framework


The SLAED Indicators Framework is a ‘basket’ of measures developed by SLAED with input from the Improvement Service and the Scottish Government. The Framework is used by all Scottish Local Authority Economic Development services to provide a consistent basis for:


  • measuring the economic performance of Councils and highlighting the central role of economic outcomes in the SOA and the prevention agenda;
  • benchmarking comparative performance and identifying areas for potential improvement, where appropriate;
  • assisting and informing ongoing design and delivery of interventions, monitoring effectiveness and delivery towards the overall strategy; and
  • providing SLAED with aggregate data on overall levels of Council economic development activities and outputs.


Key SLAED Documents


SLAED Indicators Framework Guide 2015-16

Data Return Template 2015-16

SLAED Indicators Report 2013-14

SLAED Indicators Report 2014-15

SLAED Indicators Framework Report 2015-16

SLAED Indicators Framework Report 2016-17

SLAED Indicators Framework Report 2017-18


Elected Members


Elected members have an important role to play in maximising the economic impact of councils/partnerships. The EOP team is available to deliver workshops for councillors. These can either be delivered by IS staff or by a combination of IS staff and council colleagues. Sessions can either cover broad messages concerning the role of elected members in economic development or can be tailored to specific local issues, such as the development of a new economic strategy. If this is of interest, please contact the EOP for further details on how an elected member session can be tailored to your particular requirements.


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