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A partnership to increase the development of digital services available using the Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) has been agreed between Young Scot and the Improvement Service.
Aberdeen City Council is seeking four new directors to oversee transformation of the council's operating model.
The IS has been awarded funding from Scottish Government to be an integral part of the Early Learning and Childcare Expansion (ELC) Delivery Support team and is in the process of recruiting six regional ELC Expansion Change Management Programme Managers, two ELC Expansion Business Analysts and an ELC Expansion Knowledge Management Project Officer.
Research detailing parents' views of schools' communications and the development of an online portal has been published
The Scottish Financial Capability Week will take place from 13-17 November 2017 aiming to raise awareness about the stubbornly low levels of financial capability across Scotland, and encourage organisations to work together to address this issue and help people make the most of their money.
The Improvement Service Spatial Hub, which provides a single point of access to local authority spatial data in a consistent, quality-assured format, is now becoming a reality
The National Entitlement Card Migration Project has been shortlisted for the ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ at the National Transport Awards.
Ordnance Survey (OS) has published a free interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure green space in Great Britain, which can be used through the popular leisure planning and map app, OS Maps.
The Money Advice Service (MAS) is leading and coordinating the Financial Capability Strategy for Scotland, which aims to improve people’s ability to manage money well and their ability to handle periods of financial difficulty. Children and young people, and young adults are two key themes within the strategy.
The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre is offering access to its free online course, Compassionate Care: Getting it Right, beginning on 17 July 2017.
The Improvement Service has been awarded three years funding from the Big Lottery Fund to provide strategic support to CEDAR (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) groups working in eight local authority areas across Scotland.
myaccount, the simple and secure sign-in service for accessing eligible online public services in Scotland, won the Citizen Award at Holyrood’s 2017 Connect ICT Awards.
The first four advice agencies to receive accreditation under the Scottish Government’s new quality assurance model have been announced.
The Improvement Service’s Money Advice Outcomes Project is supporting the Money Advice Service campaign #talkmoneyworries and the call for family and friends to spot the signs that people close to them might be experiencing problem debts.
The National Entitlement Card (NEC) migration project was named winner of the 'Excellence in Technology and Innovation' award at this year's Scottish Transport Awards.
The 2017 SURF Awards are now open for applications. The annual awards recognise best practice and innovation in community regeneration.
The Improvement Service is commissioning an Associates Framework to support change programmes in councils and community planning partnerships (CPPs).
We are now planning two information events to give out more information about the framework and the types of skills, knowledge and experience we'll be looking for. The events will take place in Edinburgh on 15 June 2017 and Glasgow on 21 June 2017.
Two IS projects have been shortlisted in this year's Connect Awards.
The Scottish Government has published a study on the barriers to community engagement in the Scottish planning system.
My Diabetes My Way, an online platform for people with diabetes, has been recognised internationally, winning the eHealth Adoption Award at eHealth Week 2017 in Malta.
The Improvement Service (IS) is supporting this year's Scottish Public Service Awards, run by Holyrood magazine.
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 National Entitlement Card Migration Project has been shortlisted for three awards at this year’s Scottish Transport Awards.
The Improvement Service (IS) welcomed the recent opportunity to input into this review of the planning system. The consultation highlights the key role of planning to nurture our places, our environment and our communities, and guide future change so that it benefits everyone.
Around 150 delegates gathered in Edinburgh for the first financial education conference held in Scotland since 2012.
Funding for a new accreditation model for the not-for-profit advice sector has been secured from the Scottish Government. The Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers (SNSIAP) accreditation model is available for housing, welfare benefits and money/debt advice, managed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
Scotland's first Financial Education Week runs from the 20-24 March, organised by Education Scotland and the Money Advice Service, in partnership with the Scottish Financial Capability Partnership.
Thirty-one of Scotland's 32 councils are now using tellmescotland to publish public information notices (PINs) as Aberdeenshire Council becomes the latest to join the portal.
Total current spending by Scottish councils has reduced by 11% in real terms from £17.18 billion to £15.30 billion in the last six years according to a new report. The report also highlights that despite this 11% reduction across the period, the vast majority of productivity, output and outcome measures within councils have improved.
Three induction notebooks for intended for councillors due to be elected in May have been published by the IS. The notebooks make up the first of a series of seven that will be available to new councillors.
Locating advice workers in health centres and allowing them access to individual medical records (with consent) results in positive outcomes for vulnerable people and represents good value for money, finds a new report.
Brexit, City Region Deals and budget challenges were among the topics under discussion at the first joint conference of EDAS (Economic Development Association Scotland) and SLAED (Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development) in December.
Delegates from across Scotland gathered in Kilmarnock last week for a national conference on community empowerment.
The event, entitled 'Our journey to people-powered transformation', was jointly held by East Ayrshire Council and the Improvement Service and it attracted representation from public sector agencies and local authorities from across Scotland.
The Improvement Service is offering support to Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) in using and applying the Place Standard tool.
The Place Standard tool is being welcomed as a way of finding out what communities think of their place. It provides a valuable input into any place-based, collaborative working.
The UK’s first Financial Capability Week is taking place from 14–20 November, aiming to raise awareness about what financial capability means, its importance, and the organisations involved in making a difference.
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.
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