The new model for community justice in Scotland will be defined by an improvement culture.
Partners will work together to plan, design and deliver services to improve outcomes which meets local needs and circumstances using evidence of what works, supported by Community Justice Scotland and measured using a new Outcomes, Performance and Improvement Framework (OPI Framework).
The OPI Framework has been developed jointly with key partners and in consultation with stakeholders and will provide greater transparency over progress in achieving improved outcomes for community justice which support the vision as contained in the National Strategy.
This will assist statutory Community Justice Partners in delivering improvement locally and Community Justice Scotland in providing assurance to Ministers and Local Government leaders on progress in delivery improved outcomes across Scotland.
The OPI Framework includes a suite of common outcomes and indicators, a quality statement containing principles which underpin the outcomes and indicators and an approach to evaluation for use by statutory Community Justice Partners to plan services, measure progress, identify where resources may be best applied, assess good practice and report on achievements as well as identify issues and blockages. A self-evaluation tool has been developed by the Care Inspectorate to provide a mechanism for partners to reflect on where they think they are collectively, what they have achieved and where they want to go in their journey of continuous improvement and in striving for excellence.
In time, the OPI Framework will also include an agreed approach to scrutiny and inspection.
National Strategy for Community Justice
Guidance for Local Partners in the New Model for Community Justice