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Active Scotland Outcomes: Indicator Equality Analysis

Published: 19 Nov 2015
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This report presents an analysis of equality data across the indicators from the Active Scotland Outcomes Framework. Many data gaps were highlighted, however, available evidence points to inequality of opportunities and outcomes for all groups with protected characteristics across all the Active Scotland outcomes.

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68 page PDF

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Active Scotland Outcomes: Indicator Equality Analysis

68 page PDF

1.1 MB


1.1. This report presents a baseline review of statistics and research on equality issues across the Active Scotland Outcomes Framework. It encompasses the characteristics protected under legislation as well as socio-economic status, in recognition of the impact of broader inequalities in Scotland, particularly for those living in the most deprived areas.

1.2. This report is accompanied by an excel database detailing the available equality data breakdown for each protected characteristic and by outcome. This is available at:

1.3. The Active Scotland Outcomes Framework, developed collectively with partners through the National Strategic Group for Sport and Physical Activity (NSG) and published in 2014, describes Scotland's ambitions for sport and physical activity over the next ten years. It sets out a vision, six outcomes and a commitment to equality, see Figure 1.1. A suite of indicators is being used to measure and report on progress which includes measures of both opportunity and outcome, see Table 1.1.

Figure 1.1: Active Scotland Outcomes Framework


1.4. Pursuing the Active Scotland outcomes in a way that ensures equality of opportunity for all people in Scotland to be active and to fulfil their potential requires a strong evidence base to inform policy development and to form a baseline against which to evaluate progress.

Table 1.1: Active Scotland Outcomes and Indicators

What the outcome is about Indicators
A More Active Scotland
This is the overall vision across the outcomes framework. Two overarching indicators monitor progress. The adult indicator is in the National Performance Framework.
  • Percentage of active adults
  • Percentage of active children
We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active
This outcome is about reducing inactivity in Scotland. There is no universal agreement about what constitutes low levels of activity for adults or children. Inactivity among adults is defined in this framework as less than 30 minutes moderate to vigourous physical activity per week. Globally, in 2013, the WHO developed a new voluntary target for member states to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025.
  • Percentage of inactive adults
  • Percentage of inactive children
  • Percentage who walk for recreation
We encourage and enable the active to stay active throughout life

We know that the amount of physical activity we do varies greatly across the lifecourse. This outcome is about sustaining physical activity habits through key transitions in life and encouraging those who do some physical activity to do some more activity, more often.

  • Percentage who participate frequently in sport & walking
  • Percentage of older people who participate in sport & walking
  • Numbers attending leisure facilities
We develop physical confidence and competence from the earliest age
We want our children and young people to experience the joy of movement and develop positive attitudes to active living. This outcome is about ensuring all Scotland's children and young people develop the physical confidence and competence required for a foundation of lifelong participation in physical activity and sport
  • Percentage of schools achieving target for PE provision
  • Percentage of children engaged in active play
  • Percentage of children who get to school by active travel
We improve our active infrastructure - people and places
This outcome is about improving the infrastructure in Scotland that enables physical activity, i.e. the sports and exercise infrastructure and the built environment through, for example, better cycling and walking infrastructure. Critically, it is also about enhancing the people side of Scotland's active infrastructure, the parents, volunteers, teachers, coaches and leaders who play a vital role.
  • Percentage satisfied with leisure facilities
  • Percentage with 5 minute greenspace access
  • Percentage engaging in active volunteering
We support well-being and resilience in communities through physical activity and sport
This outcome is about the development of communities through sport and physical activity, rather than developing sport in communities. Sport and physical activity is often seen as an end in itself, but can also be a means to develop wider social outcomes in communities, for example using sport to address education, employment and crime related issues.
  • Percentage who perceive their community as safe for play
  • Percentage who perceive their community as safe for walking

We improve opportunities to participate, progress and achieve in sport

This outcome is about developing and supporting a world class sporting system at all levels, motivating more organisations and individuals to get involved and enabling the broadest range possible of people to participate, progress and achieve in sport.

  • Percentage of adults participating in sport (excludes walking)
  • Percentage of children participating in sport (excludes walking)
  • Number of Team Scotland Commonwealth Games Medals


Email: Justine Geyer