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Performance at a Glance

This page summarises our assessment of the Purpose Targets and National Indicators, which are shown in more detail elsewhere in Scotland Performs. It provides an 'at a glance' snapshot of how Scotland and the Government are doing, rather than a comprehensive measurement of every activity undertaken to achieve the Purpose and National Outcomes.

Purpose Targets

Economic Growth

 To raise the GDP growth rate to the UK level

down To match the GDP growth rate of the small independent EU countries by 2017


 To rank in the top quartile for productivity against our key trading partners in the OECD by 2017


 To maintain our position on labour market participation as the top performing country in the UK

down To close the gap with the top five OECD economies by 2017


 To match average European (EU15) population growth over the period from 2007 to 2017

Supported by increased healthy life expectancy in Scotland over the period from 2007 to 2017


down To increase overall income and reduce income inequality by 2017


 To narrow the gap in participation between Scotland's best and worst performing regions by 2017


 To reduce emissions by 42% by 2020

 To reduce emissions by 80% by 2050

National Indicators


Increase the number of businesses

up Improve the quality of healthcare experience

Increase exports

Reduce the percentage of adults who smoke

Improve digital infrastructure

d Reduce alcohol related hospital admissions
Reduce traffic congestion

Reduce the number of individuals with problem drug use

Improve Scotland's reputation d

Improve people's perceptions about the crime rate in their area

Increase research and development spending

l Reduce reconviction rates

Improve knowledge exchange from university research

up Reduce crime victimisation rates

Improve the skill profile of the population

d Reduce deaths on Scotland's roads
Reduce underemployment l

Improve people's perceptions of the quality of public services

up Reduce the proportion of employees earning less than the Living Wage l Improve the responsiveness of public services

Reduce the pay gap

d Reduce the proportion of individuals living in poverty

Increase the proportion of pre-school centres receiving positive inspection reports

l Reduce children's deprivation

Increase the proportion of schools receiving positive inspection reports

up Improve access to suitable housing options for those in housing need

Improve levels of educational attainment


Increase the number of new homes

Increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work

up Widen use of the Internet

Increase the proportion of graduates in positive destinations

Improve people's perceptions of their neighbourhood

Improve children's services

Increase cultural engagement

Improve children's dental health

Improve the state of Scotland's historic sites

Increase the proportion of babies with a healthy birth weight

Improve access to local greenspace

Increase the proportion of healthy weight children

Increase people's use of Scotland's outdoors

Increase physical activity

Improve the condition of protected nature sites

Improve self-assessed general health

d Increase the abundance of terrestrial breeding birds: biodiversity

Improve mental wellbeing

l Increase natural capital

Reduce premature mortality

l Improve the state of Scotland's marine environment
l Improve end of life care

Reduce Scotland's carbon footprint

Improve support for people with care needs

l Increase the proportion of journeys to work made by public or active transport

Reduce emergency admissions to hospital

d Reduce waste generated
    d Increase renewable electricity production




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