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Support for Community Planning Partnerships - SOAs, self-assessment, improvement planning, benchmarking

Support for Community Planning Partnerships

Local Outcomes Improvement Plans


Each Community Planning Partnership is required to develop a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP). The plan should be:


  • clearly based on evidence and analysis of the area and its communities, variations in outcomes between communities, and the communities and outcomes where improvement is a priority
  • specific about the preventative work required by the plan and how resources will be used in new ways to support prevention. The evidence and analysis identifying where prevention is necessary and the particular preventative approaches adopted should be set out in the plan or its supporting documentation
  • a driver for CPPs to develop integrated approaches to improving outcomes, based upon governance arrangements that focus on the new shared accountabilities
  • a focus for the CPP to identify where partnership working adds value and can genuinely improve outcomes
  • clearly based on active participation by communities and community organisations. The nature of that participation and the resources allocated by statutory partners to enabling participation should be documented.
  • clear about the resources necessary to deliver the planned improvements and how they will be provided by the statutory partners. Links to evidence that agreed commitments have been built into partners' own individual  corporate and resource plans would be expected.
  • precise about the level of improvement and timescales for each improvement commitment in the plan. There should also be clarity about how progress towards and achievement of agreed outcomes will be measured.
  • clear about scrutiny, performance and accountability arrangements for the plan. This includes the role of the CPP board, the role of partners' own governance arrangements, and the role of communities and community organisations in scrutiny and performance monitoring. The duty to resource community participation applies as much to scrutiny and performance as it does to other aspects of community planning.


In addition to the LOIP, the partnership must also identify smaller areas within the local authority area which experience the poorest outcomes and prepare and publish locality plans to improve outcomes on agreed priorities for these communities. Active community participation is again a core element of the locality planning process.


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