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On Board - A guide for Board Members of Public Bodies in Scotland (April 2015)

Published: 16 Apr 2015
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Public sector

This Guide provides much of the basic information that a Board Member will need to understand their role as a member of the Board of a public body in Scotland.

On Board - A guide for Board Members of Public Bodies in Scotland (April 2015)


The National Performance Framework and the Government's response to Christie describe 'what' we are trying to achieve, the 'Scottish Approach' describes 'how' it should be delivered; centering around three core elements of Participation and Co-production, Assets and Improvement, as summarised below.

The Scottish Approach

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Participation and Co-production - enabling people to shape and co-design the services they use.

Assets-based - valuing the strengths of people and communities to build social capital and capacity, rather than focusing solely on perceived deficits.

Improvement Methodology:

Creating Conditions for Change

  • Setting out a compelling vision of the future to serve as a reference point as the change process moves forward;
  • Backed by a story which helps people to recognise where they have been and where they are going;
  • Identifying key actions towards realising the vision.

Making the Change

  • A clear framework for improvement;
  • A strategy to engage, empower and motivate the workforce and develop their skills;
  • An understanding of how the change will work locally, recognising communities and their assets are different;
  • Building the guiding coalitions, governance and data necessary to drive and sustain the change.

The approach seeks to safeguard essential services, preserve front-line jobs and secure higher quality services through, for example:

  • greater integration of health and social care
  • the move to single police, and fire and rescue services
  • the reform of post-16 education.


Email: Gordon Quinn