• Community Planning Outcomes Profile

    Community Planning Outcomes


    What is the profile?

    • A tool to help you assess if the lives of people in your community are improving
    • A set of core measures on important life outcomes including early years, older people, safer/stronger communities, health and wellbeing, and engagement with local communities
    • A consistent basis for measuring outcomes and inequalities of outcome in your area

    What does the profile tell you?

    • The overall pattern of outcomes in your area and whether people's lives are improving
    • Whether inequality is increasing or decreasing over time
    • Which communities are faring well below average for your areas and for similar communities across Scotland
    • How different types of communities so in your area and elsewhere in Scotland, creating opportunities for learning

    How will the profile be used?

    To support decision-making by:

    • stimulating discussion amongst CP boards, partners and local communities
    • increasing the amount of intelligence available about an area
    • complementing professional judgement and local knowledge

    To inform the development of Local Outcomes Improvement Plans

    How is this approach different?

    • It brings together measures of outcomes and inequality for all 32 CPPs within one profile - and shows how they change over time
    • It considers outcomes 'in the round' as well as individually, encouraging a focus on vulnerable communities where negative outcomes are clustered
    • It enables partnerships to compare outcomes for their local communities against similar communities across Scotland


    Oversight of the Community Planning Outcomes Profile is provided by the Outcome, Evidence and Performance (OEP) Board. The board includes representatives from Scottish Government, SOLACE, NHS, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, What Works Scotland and the third sector.

  • The Measures

    A list of the measures used within the Community Planning Outcomes Profile is available at www.improvementservice.org.uk/cpop---the-measures.html.


    The criteria used to shortlist the measures were:


    • policy salience and relevance for prevention, outcome improvement and inequality reduction
    • localness
    • timeliness and longevity
    • create either a basis for action or provide context within
  • Ongoing Development

    This initial core set of measures for the outcomes profile was shaped through consultation with community planning partners and wider stakeholders.


    The development of this profile will be iterative and will require ongoing development with data owners, partnerships and local communities to address the gaps and limitations which currently exist. For example, there are gaps in consistent outcome measurement in relation to:


    • social inclusion/loneliness
    • community empowerment/resilience
    • early years development
    • emotional and physical wellbeing
    • lived experience in local environments


    In addition, the timeliness of data is problematic for many measures and there are a number of key measures which can’t be disaggregated to the level of locality required.