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.
The Improvement Service has pulled together information on Scottish local authorities' decision making and governance arrangements. The information should help local authorities to see the different governance arrangements in place across all 32 councils. It should also help public service partner organisations as well as local people understand how their local authority makes decisions and what arrangements are in place for effective governance and scrutiny.
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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:
The SLAED Indicators Framework Report 2015/16, which provides an aggregated summary of the economic development data received, is available to download. The 2014/15 report, 2013/14 report and the 2012/13 report are also available.
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.