Scotland’s progress towards wellbeing for all

June 11, 2018

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We want to create “a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increased wellbeing”. That is the vision of the Scottish Government. It has been published today in a renewed version of the National Performance Framework, which declares how important kindness, dignity and respect are to creating the sort of Scotland we all want to live in.

Carnegie UK Trust has been supporting the wellbeing of the people of the UK and Ireland for over 100 years. We are delighted that revised National Performance Framework focuses on national and societal wellbeing, and places kindness at the heart of building a successful Scotland.

The National Performance Framework was conceived in 2007 and has been heralded as a world leader, because it looks forward and back at the same time. It measures and reports on the progress of government in Scotland, and allows you to judge for yourself advancement towards a better quality of life for the people of Scotland. The indicators used to assess progress can be found on the Scotland Performs website, an open and accessible platform that is being launched today.

For the first time, in this iteration of the Performance Framework, the Scottish public has been actively involved in the process, something the Carnegie UK Trust has been campaigning for since 2011. The 11 Outcomes specified in the Framework are the result of in-depth consultation and engagement with the public over a number of years, including work carried out by the Carnegie UK Trust and Oxfam Scotland.

Speaking about the new National Performance Framework, Jennifer Wallace, Head of Policy at Carnegie UK Trust said: ‘We are delighted that Framework now says that the Government is working towards wellbeing for all.  It is real progress that the views of people we consulted are being reflected in the new Framework.  People we spoke to talked about the importance of key public services like education and health as building blocks for a good life, and a good society.  They emphasised their desire for a society, and communities, that value attributes like fairness, quality and kindness, and this is now reflected in the National Performance Framework as a whole.  What is key now is that we use the outcomes, and the indicators underneath them, to monitor who we are doing and hold the government to account’.

The revised National Performance Framework, and its website Scotland Performs is being launched by the First Minister at The Edinburgh Exchange. Carnegie UK Trust will be sharing its experience of measuring societal wellbeing and understanding the power of kindness.