This Economic Footprint Overview Report sets out a highly positive message regarding the major contribution that local authorities make to Scotland’s economy. The purpose of the work was to look beyond traditional economic development interventions to begin to examine opportunities for further enhancing impact via ‘levers’ that typically do not feature explicitly in economic development strategies. The Overview report focuses on three major corporate economic ‘levers’ that councils control/influence, in terms of their role as major employers, procurers of goods and services, and asset owners.
The report pulls out and summarises key points that have emerged from the 32 local economic footprint reports, which were produced for each council. The report also highlights a number of areas where there is likely scope for councils to further enhance their positive impact across each of the three areas considered. The SOLACE economic development leads, SLAED, IS and CoSLA have agreed to work collectively to take forward a number of the key issues highlighted in the report. For example, this will entail further close working with others, such as local government procurement colleagues.
The Economic Outcomes Programme (EOP) was established in 2012 with funding from Scottish Government and the Improvement Service. The original programme ran for two years with a focus on providing support to councils and partners to embed the key messages of the Scottish Local Authorities’ Economic Development Improvement Guide.
The second stage of the EOP is an evolution from the initial phase of work based on a review of the success of the original programme. The second phase will focus on undertaking detailed impact assessments of the current ‘economic footprint’ of councils/partnerships. From the ‘footprint’ analysis, a report will be produced for each area summarising current economic impact and setting out a range of ways that the impact could be enhanced. This will be accompanied by facilitated workshop discussions with the leadership teams from each council/partnership. The prime focus of these sessions will be to identify opportunities for further enhancing economic impact. This will result in fairly short, focused economic improvement plans, setting out key actions, timescales and responsibilities.
Following an initial piloting of the EOP2 methodology in Autumn 2014, the programme will be rolled out to all 32 Community Planning Partnerships over a two year period.
The EOP is funded by the 32 Scottish councils, the Scottish Government and the Improvement Service.
The programme is overseen by an Advisory Board, which is chaired by SOLACE and includes senior representatives from Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Federation of Small Businesses and academia. More information on the EOP Board and Agendas/Minutes of previous meetings are available in the Project Board section.
The Economic Outcomes Programme is overseen by an Advisory Board chaired by SOLACE and includes senior representatives from Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses and academia. The Board provides advice on the overall strategic direction of the programme. Board Members include:
The Programme Board papers can be downloaded below:
December 2015 - Agenda
The Economic Outcomes Programme was initially formed to embed the key messages of the Economic Development Improvement 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.
This is a 'basket' of measures developed by SLAED with input from the Improvement Service and Scottish Government. The framework is used by all Scottish local authority economic development services to provide a consistent basis for:
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.
The EOP is keen to capture and share examples of good practice in economic development wherever these are identified. A range of case studies are set out within the Economic Development Improvement Guide and are intended to highlight good practice and innovative thinking across various aspects of economic development.
If you have a case study that you would like to share please contact us.
The Scottish Local Authorities' Economic Development Improvement Guide is a support tool for councils and their partners to critically review their activities, share good practice and identify areas for improvement to achieve greater and more sustainable economic impact.
The Guide contains a number of checklists (see p40) to assist councils to systematically review their economic development service. The main purpose of these is to stimulate discussion on the key elements of effective outcome based economic development. These are a starting point to generate debate on key issues, with a view to identifying improvement actions that can be implemented.
It is important that the checklists are used in a flexible way. A review could utilise all or simply one of the checklists for example. Likewise, it could be led by an independent facilitator, a peer review panel or by the EOP team.
The checklists can be downloaded below for ease of access. Economic development teams and partnerships are encouraged to work through the checklists and, where appropriate, contact the EOP team for assistance.
There are a range of organisations involved in economic development in Scotland. If you think we have missed any, contact Hannah Young.
Tel. 01506 283787