National Performance Measures

Scotland Performs measures and reports on the Scottish Government's progress towards its purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth. Progress is tracked by seven Purpose Targets and it is supported by 16 National Outcomes and 50 National Indicators covering key areas of health, justice, environment, economy, and education measure progress.

The development of outcome-focused accountability systems for public sector performance is reflected in the development of Single Outcome Agreements with local authorities and their Community Planning Partnerships, as well as the review of the Health Improvement, Efficiency, Access and Treatment (HEAT) performance measures for the NHS. This approach offers a number of potential benefits: 

  • Better alignment between public investment, goals and effective actions
  • Harmonising national level outcomes, targets and performance measurement systems
  • Better alignment for local delivery organisations

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