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External Review of ASH Scotland 2014

DescriptionFindings from a review which was commissioned to examine and assess ASH Scotland’s performance in providing value for money in relation to the grant funding provided by the Scottish Government. It was carried out between April and June 2014.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 15, 2014


ISBN 978 1 78412 728 2
ISSN 0950-2254
DPPAS 34636

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Executive Summary

1 Background

2 Methodology

3 Vision And Strategic Direction
Alignment of the ASH Scotland vision and strategy with the Scottish Government objectives
Clarity of ASH Scotland's vision and purpose
ASH Scotland's internal strategic planning processes

4 Effectiveness Of Partnerships
Partnership working and its contribution to impact and value for money
Governance arrangements for partnerships
The balance between local, national and international work

5 Governance And Accountability
Clarity of ASH Scotland's governance arrangements

6 Use Of Resources
Effectiveness and completeness of financial instructions and controls
Staffing capacity, development and deployment in relation to objectives
Using resources to deliver the Scottish Government objectives

7 Performance Management Framework
Performance management in ASH Scotland
Reporting to the Scottish Government

8 Equality And Diversity
Addressing inequalities through ASH Scotland's work
Equality and diversity as an employer

9 How Well Does ASH Scotland Provide Value For Money For The Scottish Government?

10 Comparison With Other Organisations
Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF)
Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS)
ASH Scotland
Comparing and learning from each other
Comparison of ASH in Edinburgh with ASH in Cardiff and ASH in London

11 Weaknesses And Strengths
ASH Scotland's strengths
ASH Scotland's weaknesses

Appendix 1 List Of Interviewees

Appendix 2 List Of Documents Reviewed

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only