Support for Councils

The IS works to promote improvement in local government and among its partners to support them to improve outcomes and reduce the outcome gaps within populations and between areas.  To achieve this we operate to the following principles:


  • We shape our services to meet the needs of councils and their partners.
  • We work closely with COSLA, SOLACE and other relevant bodies to improve the support that we offer to local government and its partners.
  • We are open to working with all councils and their partners.
  • We will engage with councils, their partners and other relevant stakeholders to learn and to share that learning in turn.
  • We will promote measurable improvements in outcomes.


Our products

We deliver a range of products that are available to all councils, focused on data and analysis, digital public services, learning and development, online tools and collaboration and performance management and indicators.


Our services

We provide a number of consultancy and facilitation services to support all councils to deliver improved outcomes, as well as services relating to enhancing the learning and skills of officers and elected members, facilitating performance management and improvement and research.


Details on all of these, including who to contact for further information or how to get involved, is available from the Products and Services pages.


Other resources

We also signpost councils to useful resources and support provided by other organisations or working groups, for example, the Devolved School Management Guidelines developed by the national Devolved School Management Steering Group.