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Outcome Based Approach

Public Bodies Outcomes Based Approach

The guidance and tools available on this webpage are designed to help Government and public bodies work together in developing an outcomes based approach to delivering on the Government's Purpose - to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable growth.

Why Use An Outcomes Based Approach?

An outcomes based approach should clearly demonstrate how the activities of public bodies are aligned with the Government's overarching Purpose through the National Performance Framework and at the same time provide the freedom for bodies to operate and serve the interests of people, businesses and communities in Scotland.

An outcomes based approach encourages us all to focus on the difference that we make and not just the inputs or processes over which we have control. Success for the Government and its public bodies is about impact and we should be judged by tangible improvements in the things that matter to the people of Scotland. Government is therefore committed to an outcomes based approach and will work with Public Bodies to:

  • Align activity to connect explicitly to the Government's over-arching purpose of sustainable economic growth through the National Performance Framework.
  • Integrate activities better with local government, with other public bodies, and in partnership with the third sector and private sector, to deliver the Government's Purpose Targets and National Outcomes.
  • Focus activity and spend on achieving real and lasting benefits for people and minimise the time and expense on tasks which do not support this purpose.
  • Create the conditions to release innovation and creativity to deliver better outcomes.

We have developed guidance, supported by various tools and information to support public bodies to align with the Purpose and adopt an Outcomes Based Approach.