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SLAED Indicators Framework - measuring the economic development performance of councils

SLAED (Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development) Indicators Framework


Evelyn Rimmer

Project Officer

Tel. 01506 283787

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The SLAED Indicators Framework is a ‘basket’ of measures developed by SLAED (Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group) with input from the Improvement Service and the Scottish Government. The Framework is used by all Scottish local authority economic development services to provide a consistent basis for:


  • Measuring the economic performance of councils and highlighting the central role of economic outcomes in the SOA and the prevention agenda;
  • Benchmarking comparative performance and identifying areas for potential improvement, where appropriate;
  • Assisting and informing ongoing design and delivery of interventions, monitoring effectiveness and delivery towards the overall strategy; and
  • Providing SLAED with aggregate data on overall levels of council economic development activities and outputs.


The SLAED Indicators Framework Report 2017/18, which provides an aggregated summary of the economic development data received, is available to download. The 2016/17 report, 2015/16 report, 2014/15 report, 2013/14 report and the  2012/13 report are also available.


Economic Outcomes Programme

The SLAED Indicator Framework is part of the Economic Outcomes Programme. This Programme was established in 2012 to help councils and their partners embed the key messages of the Improvement Guide. Now in its second phase, the Programme is now focused on undertaking detailed impact assessments of the current “economic footprint” of councils and partnerships, and working with them to increase their impact.


Further information is available in the Economic Outcomes Programme section.


SLAED Indicators Framework 2018-19


SLAED Indicators Framework 2017-18


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