National Outcomes review 2023: consultation information pack - easy read version

We want to hear from people and communities across Scotland about whether our National Outcomes continue to reflect the kind of Scotland we want to see. We would also like to hear about how the National Performance Framework could have a bigger impact.


The Scottish Government are doing a review of the National Outcomes. We have to do this every 5 years. Outcome is a word for a goal we want to reach. The National Outcomes are part of the National Performance Framework (NPF). This is a plan for the kind of Scotland we want to see.

National Performance Framework

The National Performance Framework (NPF) sets our goals for wellbeing in Scotland. We can also use the NPF to measure how well we are doing at reaching these goals.

The NPF is based on a society which is open and fair, where people and organisations treat each other with kindness, respect, compassion and respect the law.

The NPF is about the kind of behaviour people in Scotland should see in everyday life. It also guides the government to make decisions based on what is most important to people.

National Outcomes

The last review of the National Outcomes was done in 2018. It set out 11 Outcomes. These are listed over the next few pages.


Every child grows up safe, loved, and respected. They can become the happy and successful adults they have a right to be.


We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, healthy and safe. We protect our local places and all who live in them.


We are a creative country, and our culture is enjoyed all over the world. We celebrate and support our diverse arts, old and new.


We have a strong, successful economy that supports jobs, incomes and our quality of life. It is inclusive and benefits all our people and communities.


All our people are educated, skilled and able to be part of society. We support the best teaching, research, and new ideas for all learners.


We value, enjoy, protect, and improve our environment. It is our duty to protect our natural resources and buildings for our own wellbeing and for future generations.

Fair Work and Business

We have successful, cutting-edge businesses with good jobs and fair work for everyone. We invest in the skills of our workforce and protect worker’s rights. This makes our economy more stable and productive.


Our people are healthy and active. We properly support our NHS to face the challenges it has now and in the future. We widely promote good health and activity.

Human Rights

We respect and protect everyone’s human rights and live without discrimination. Discrimination is when you are treated badly because you are different. We are a society that believes in fairness, equality, and respect.


We are open, connected and have good relationships with other countries. We carry our stories and talents abroad and we welcome those of others.


We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth, and power more equally. We will work together across political parties to find the causes of poverty and do away with it for good.

What do we want to know?

The Scottish Government must consult with communities as part of this review. We need to know if the existing National Outcomes are the right ones for communities in Scotland or if we should make changes.

Do the National Outcomes fully describe the kind of Scotland you want to live in?

Consultation Questions

1. How much would you say you know about Scotland’s National Performance Framework, from 1 (nothing) to 5 (a lot)?

2. Do the current set of National Outcomes (set out on pages 2 - 4) fully describe the kind of Scotland you want to see?

Yes or No

3. Does each National Outcome describe the kind of Scotland you want to live in? Please give your answers by ticking the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ boxes.







Fair Work and Business


Human Rights



4. What, if anything, would you change about the National Outcomes? Please write your answer in the box below.

5. Why would you make these changes? Please write your answer in the box below.

6. Complete this sentence: “I would like to live in a Scotland that…” Please write your answer in the box below.

How to complete this Consultation

We would like you to give your answers to this consultation by 5 June 2023.

Please give your answers using the Scottish Government’s consultation hub, Citizen Space ( You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please give your answers before the closing date of 5 June 2023.

If you are unable to use our consultation hub, please complete the Respondent Information Form (included at the end of this document) and send it to:

National Performance Framework Unit
Scottish Government
2W St Andrews House

You can also email your answers to

Handling your response

If you respond using the consultation hub, you will be directed to the About You page before submitting your response. Please tell us how you want your response to be handled and if you are happy for your response to be published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will do what you want and treat it as confidential.

The Scottish Government has to follow the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information about the answers made to this consultation.

To find out how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy policy:

Next steps

If respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, responses will be made available to the public at If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will be sent an email with a copy of your response.

Following the closing date, all responses will be looked at along with any other evidence. Responses will be published if we have been given permission to do so. A report will also be made available.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation has been conducted,

please send them to the contact address above or at

Scottish Government consultation process

Consultation is an essential part of the policymaking process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.

You can find all our consultations online: Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.

Responses will be looked at and used as part of the decision-making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation.



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