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Child Poverty Strategy - Measurement Framework

In the refresh of its Child Poverty Strategy in March 2014, the Scottish Government published an outcomes framework on child poverty, which was then developed into a full measurement framework in the 2014 Annual Report on child poverty.

The framework is structured around the  three key outcomes, known as the 3Ps, identified in the strategy:

  • Pockets – maximising financial resources of families on low incomes
  • Prospects – improved life chances of children in poverty
  • Places – children from low income households live in well designed, sustainable places

Within this structure, a set of intermediate outcomes are identified underneath each of the 3Ps. The measurement framework presents a set of 37 indicators representing these intermediate outcomes. These indicators are intended to give a broad picture of how well Scotland is doing in progressing against the outcomes outlined in the strategy.

The third Annual Report on the revised Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland was published in December 2016. It reports on progress in relation to the measurement framework, as well as against the four income-based measures that formed the basis of the Child Poverty Act 2010 targets. A table showing progress against the 37 indicators, and their place within the 3P structure, is presented below.

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Full details on performance for each of the indicators in the measurement framework can be found in Chapters 3-5 of the 2016 Annual Report. Information on data sources and frequency of updates is provided in the Annex.

A discussion of the development of the measurement framework can be found in the 2014 Annual Report, while a wider discussion of the available data relevant to the intermediate outcomes beyond the measurement framework is presented in: Child Poverty Measurement Framework - The Wider Evidence Base.

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