Scottish Ministers are committed to the outcomes based approach as set out in 2007 in the National Performance Framework's (NPF) 10 year vision. The NPF has been refreshed to reflect lessons learned from across the Scottish Government and its partner organisations since 2007. It provides a better measure of progress towards the National Outcomes and reflects current priorities as outlined in Manifesto Commitments, the Government Economic Strategy, Programme for Government and Spending Review documents.
The main changes, which came into effect from 14th December 2011, are to the National Indicator set which has been updated as follows:
- There are now 50 National Indicators as opposed to 45
- 29 National Indicators have been retained with the same measures
- 9 National Indicators have been retained with improvements to definitions
- There are 12 new National Indicators
Seven National Indicators have been removed from the original 45. These indicators either relate to targets that have been delivered or have been replaced by more suitable measures of progress towards the National Outcomes.
There is a new National Outcome related to older people - 'Our people are able to maintain their independence as they get older and are able to access appropriate support when they need it' - reflecting the demographic significance of the ageing population and the Government's commitment to independent living, enablement and health and social care integration.