Published: 5th Dec 2014

On 26 November the new first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, announced a new programme for government that puts social justice firmly at the heart of the Scottish Government’s ambitions for Scotland, along with dealing with inequality and building a sustainable economy. These are not just words. We measure the impact of our activities against a national performance framework for Scotland that is rigorous, transparent, and ambitious.  We have 16 high level objectives that the entire Scottish public sector works towards, and we track progress against a set of targets and indicators.  Anyone can follow these at our website, In 2010 we commissioned Dr Campbell Christie to identify the best ways of delivering our public services, and in response to his report, we identified 4 pillars (the 4 Ps) that are now embedded in our approach to reform.  These are: A decisive approach to prevention; Continually improving performance; Working … (To read the full article, subscribe below)