Well-being in Scotland

The National Performance Framework (NPF) provides a clear vision for Scotland with broad measures of national wellbeing covering a range of economic, health, social and environmental indicators and targets.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

The Act requires that the government will focus on achieving goals that improve the wellbeing and quality of life of the people of Scotland.  It requires a vision for Scotland to be developed in consultation with the people of Scotland and progress towards this to be measured.  Specifically, the Act places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to consult on, develop and publish a set of national outcomes for Scotland. The Scottish Ministers must also regularly and publicly report on progress towards these outcomes and review them at least every five years. When setting the national outcomes, the Scottish Ministers must have regard to the reduction of inequalities of outcomes which result from socio-economic disadvantage.

New National Performance Framework launched in 2018.

In 2018 the National Outcomes were specifically aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in the Programme for Government.  The 2018 National Performance Framework includes 11 National Outcomes that reflects the vision of the Scottish People for “the kind of country we want to be”, and 81 National Indicators that will be used to track and measure progress towards achieving them.  The NPF is also Scotland’s framework to localise the UN Sustainable Development Goal’s Scotland  (SDGs).  

The Scottish Government’s National Performance Unit is responsible for delivery, oversight and monitoring of the Programme for Government and National Performance Framework (NPF).   You can download Scotland’s 2019 Wellbeing Report here.


Compiled by James O’Donovan of the Cork Environmental Forum

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