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Outcomes-focused Policy Making in Scotland

Outcomes-focused Policy Making in Scotland: a policy making guide focused on the SDGs and NPF

Scotland’s International Development Alliance has co-created a new Scottish policy making guide focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National Performance Framework (NPF). The guide supports holistic policy making that reflects our interconnected world & addresses the need to better navigate its complexities

The resource is the result of a partnership between the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework team, the International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS) Network, Scotland’s International Development Alliance, the SDG Network Scotland and Oxfam Scotland. The partnership was initiated, supported and funded by the Bridge 47 – Building Global Citizenship project and special thanks go to Northern Star Associates for their work developing the content.

What is the resource?

  • The National Performance Framework (NPF) is Scotland’s way of localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 different goals and 11 NPF National Outcomes are key measures of how Scotland can move towards a more just and sustainable future.
  • The resource has two main parts. The first half features a general overview of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Scotland’s National Performance Framework (NPF) and how the two are interlinked. The second half provides practical, interactive activities to explore how to apply the NPF and SDGs in the policy making process.

Why is this resource important?

  • Policy is a mechanism for creating change. Ensuring that the policy produced in Scotland is inclusive and takes a holistic view of systemic problems will have a positive impact for both people and planet.
  • This resource comes at a critical juncture. The Covid-19 pandemic has emphasised local-global interconnections and the difficulties posed by complex global problems. They require us to be holistic in our policy making and understand we are part of a bigger system, where the decisions we make and the actions we take have an impact on others locally and globally, now and in the future.

How was the resource created?

  • The guide was co-created by a partnership between the NPF team at the Scottish Government and civil society stakeholders including the SDG Network Scotland, Scotland’s International Development Alliance and the EU project, Bridge 47.
  • The development of the resource was funded through the Bridge 47 – Building Global Citizenship project, which is based at the International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS) network.
  • As a project, Bridge 47 supports building partnerships across different sectors with the aim of raising awareness of the SDGs and the transformative power of education as outlined in SDG Target 4.7.

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