We provide a number of consultancy and facilitation services to support all councils and Community Planning Partnerships 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. A full list of our services is below.
The Business Analysis Service offers consultation, advice and practical support with business/service change and transformation.
Facilitating the Change Managers Network, supporting local authorities' change activities, and sourcing and sharing good practice.
The Community Planning Improvement Board (CPIB) provides improvement support for community planning in Scotland.
As part of the Scottish Government’s Delivery Assurance Team, the Improvement Service provides support and constructive challenge to both Scottish Government and local government as they implement their ELC expansion plans.
The Economic Outcomes Programme works to help councils maximise the impact of their economic development activities.
Support for implementation of the Fairer Scotand Duty to reduce inequalities of outcome related to socio-economic disadvantage.
Improving the impact of Scotland’s money advice services and supporting councils and their partners in this process.
Working with local authorities and health boards to support the development of Local Child Poverty Action Reports by acting as a child poverty champion, sharing and promoting good practice and working to ensure local reports are an effective lever for tackling child poverty in Scotland.
Supporting capacity building to improve the performance and effectiveness of organisations.
Supporting councils and their partners to collaborate in based approaches to joint planning, resourcing and delivery of places that enable all communities to flourish.
Exploring opportunities to share services among the 32 roads authorities and Transport Scotland.
Leading the development of spatial information products and a collective approach to collective data management across Scottish local government.
Supporting the work of the National Violence Against Women Network with Community Planning Partnerships and elected members.
The Welfare Advice Service Faciliator (WASF) is an initiative which aims to establish welfare advice and health partnerships within healthcare settings.
Assisting councils and their partners in effective workforce planning.
Support for the professional development of Scottish councillors.
Addressing learning and development needs in planning services.
Our products and services to help you make the best use of your data. These can be combined with external data sources to produce intelligence which can assist with the targeting of preventative work to redesign public services for the future.
We work with councils and other key partners to carry out and/or support evaluations covering a range of activities.
Our research team manages analytical projects, undertakes bespoke analysis, and conducts independent research projects in order to improve the local government evidence base.
For all queries contact:
Tel. 01506 282012
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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