Consultation: scrutiny self-evaluation framework

Posted on 15/12/2016 by Ed Hammond.

A draft of our new scrutiny self-evaluation framework. This is intended to provide a basis for discussion and comment; a blogpost on the subject can be found here. 

This is the first draft of a tool for evaluating and improving scrutiny arrangements.

We’re frequently asked to provide advice and guidance to councils on the evaluation, review and improvement of their scrutiny arrangements, and in the past have produced a range of evaluation tools to help with this. We want to try to help councils to evaluate scrutiny in a way that is:

  • Manageable, with the resources available (rather than requiring long and complex evidence-gathering and analysis);
  • Flexible, recognising that all councils are different and that scrutiny’s focus and role will be different too –meaning that we need to resist attempts to assume that evaluation of scrutiny is a “cookie-cutter” exercise;
  • Robust, giving councils the confidence that using thistoolkit will be effective, delivering the results they need.

About the Author: Ed Hammond

Ed leads CfGS's work on devolution, transformation and on support to councils and other public bodies on governance and accountability.