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The IS works with councils and other partners to provide high quality and cost-effective training and development opportunities for elected members. We aim to:
The team provides a non-partisan role in supporting all elected members in Scotland.
The Elected Members’ Development programme provides the following support:
If you are considering standing for election, this website will help you understand the many different aspects of a councillor's role, provide you with information to help you decide if being a councillor is for you and ensure you are well prepared should you be elected.
If you are newly elected, the IS produced induction resources for elected members. Each council has their own set, which can be requested from officers in your council. Alternatively, you can access our generic induction resources.
The Improvement Service offers a series of free workshops to support locally elected members to develop their skills and enhance their knowledge.
The CPD Framework for Elected Members in Scottish Local Government is a continuous professional development framework developed by the IS in consultation with local government. Speak to your officers to check if your council has signed up to the framework and how to take part.
The elected members' briefing series has been developed by the IS to help elected members keep apace with key issues affecting local government.
The elected members' webinar series has been developed by the IS to provide elected members with further development opportunities. They are live recorded so elected members that could not join in on the day, can access and view the content.
Keep up to date with the IS and the elected members team by reading our newsletters.
Most councils in Scotland operate with an ‘Administration’, a construct without legal standing, but nonetheless a key element in decision-making processes. How the administration operates is therefore important to the effectiveness of the political leadership in most councils.
The IS can provide a facilitated self-assessment and improvement planning session to Administrations, using agreed checklists of key statements to critical review how the Administration operates. The checklists explore areas such as leadership, communication, working relationships with officers, and roles and responsibilities, but will be tailored to the needs of each Administration.
Consultancy services are available upon request, to enquire further please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to our own briefings and guidance for elected members, many of the organisations we work with also produce information and advice for councillors. We've gathered some of the resources that we consider useful for elected members.
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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 Services produces a series of newsletters on a range of subjects, including myaccount, elected members, tellmescotland as well as the main IS newsletter. Subscribe on this page.