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This page relates to the 2007 version of the National Performance Framework. The refreshed NPF was launched on the 14 December 2011 and the performance assessments presented below are frozen at that date. Two of the National Indicators that were removed from the NPF had specific target endpoints after 14 December 2011. The final data for these two indicators was reported in early 2012 and the final performance assessment is available in the legacy targets section.

Information about the current version of the NPF is available on the Scotland Performs Home Page.

National Indicators

Scotland Performs - Purpose Targets - Solidarity

Forty-five National Indicators enable us to track progress towards the achievement of our National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose.

Indicators have been chosen to show how we are progressing on the range of the Outcomes. Wherever possible we have selected Indicators that come from existing datasets to allow us to understand progress and trends over time.

The 45 indicators do not provide comprehensive measurement of every activity undertaken to achieve the Outcomes and Purpose. Instead they are a carefully chosen set which we believe most clearly shows progress towards the achievement of a more successful and prosperous Scotland.

National Indicators

up At least halve the gap in total research and development spending compared with EU average by 2011level Achieve annual milestones for reducing inpatient or day case waiting times culminating in the delivery of an 18 week referral to treatment time from December 2011
level Increase the business start-up rateup Reduce proportion of people aged 65 and over admitted as emergency inpatients 2 or more times in a single year
up Grow exports at a faster average rate than GDPlevel Reduce mortality from coronary heart disease among the under 75s in deprived areas
up Improve public sector efficiency through the generation of 2% cash releasing efficiency savings per annumlevel Increase the percentage of people aged 65 and over with high levels of care needs who are cared for at home
level Improve people’s perceptions of the quality of public services deliveredup All unintentionally homeless households will be entitled to settled accommodation by 2012
up Reduce the number of Scottish public bodies by 25% by 2011up Reduce overall reconviction rates by 2 percentage points by 2011
level Reduce the proportion of driver journeys delayed due to traffic congestionup Reduce overall crime victimisation rates by 2 percentage points by 2011
down Increase the percentage of Scottish domiciled graduates from Scottish Higher Education Institutions down Increase the percentage of criminal cases dealt with within 26 weeks by 3 percentage points by 2011
level Improve knowledge transfer from research activity in universitiesdown Increase the rate of new house building
level Increase the proportion of school leavers (from Scottish publicly funded schools) in positive and sustained destinations (FE, HE, employment or training)level Increase the percentage of adults who rate their neighbourhood as a good place to live
level Increase the proportion of schools receiving positive inspection reportsdown Decrease the estimated number of problem drug users in Scotland by 2011
up Reduce number of working age people with severe literacy and numeracy problemsup Increase positive public perception of the general crime rate in local area
up Child protection inspection findings: increase the overall proportion of local authority areas receiving positive inspection reportslevel Reduce overall ecological footprint
level Decrease the proportion of individuals living in povertylevel Increase to 95% the proportion of protected nature sites in favourable condition
up 60% of school children in primary 1 will have no signs of dental disease by 2010up Improve the state of Scotland’s Historic Buildings, monuments and environment
level Improve the quality of healthcare experiencedown Biodiversity: increase the index of abundance of terrestrial breeding birds
level Increase the proportion of pre-school centres receiving positive inspection reportslevel Increase the proportion of journeys to work made by public or active transport
up Increase the social economy turnoverup Increase the proportion of adults making one or more visits to the outdoors per week
down Reduce the rate of increase in the proportion of children with their Body Mass Index outwith a healthy range by 2018up 50% of gross electricity consumed in Scotland to come from renewable sources by 2020 (interim target of 31% by 2011)
level Increase the average score of adults on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale by 2011up Reduce to 1.32 million tonnes waste sent to landfill by 2010
up Increase healthy life expectancy at birth in the most deprived areaslevel Ensure 70% key commercial fish stocks at full reproductive capacity and harvested sustainably by 2015
level Reduce the percentage of the adult population who smoke to 22% by 2010level Improve people’s perceptions, attitudes and awareness of Scotland’s reputation
up Reduce alcohol related hospital admissions by 2011

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