We’ve just published a new Briefing Paper on the National Performance Framework, written by Tricia Spacey, currently working on secondment with us from Fife Council on Safer Communities Improvement and Partnerships.


The Scottish Government launched the first National Performance Framework (NPF) in 2007.  The framework set out in its purpose and outcomes its aim to measure national wellbeing beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  Experience had shown using only GDP as a measurement failed to provide a true reflection of the wellbeing of a nation.  Economically a county could be thriving, but were people healthy, educated and happy?

The first NPF had sixteen national outcomes, supported by a range of economic, health, social and environmental indicators, used to measured progress towards achieving the overall aim.  Locally alignment to the NPF was through Single Outcome Agreements.

Continue reading by downloading the Briefing Paper in full here.