Annual Self-Assessment 2021-22

Methodology – a thematic approach

To provide a clear structure and focus the self-assessment is designed around a thematic framework built around key corporate and organisational themes, with performance under each of these themes assessed.

The 5 themes are:

  1. Strategy and performance
  2. Resource planning and management
  3. Leadership, governance and culture
  4. Working with partners and customers
  5. Delivery of Well-being Objectives

Each theme is supported by a set of sub-themes to supplement our understanding of how we are performing in each area.

SA1: Strategy and Performance

SA1.1: Programme for the Administration and Corporate Strategy

SA1.2: Corporate performance management

SA1.3: Medium term service planning 

SA2: Resource Planning and Management

SA2.1: Annual budget setting and monitoring

SA2.2: Medium term financial planning 

SA2.3: Property/assets

SA2.4: Workforce planning

SA2.5: Procurement

SA3: Leadership, governance and culture

SA3.1: Overview and Scrutiny

SA3.2: Democracy and participation

SA3.3: Audit and governance

SA3.4: Safeguarding

SA4: Working with partners and customers

SA4.1: Strategic partnerships

SA4.2: Regional working

SA4.3: Consultation and engagement

SA5: Well-being Objectives

SA5.1: Education

SA5.2: Social Care

SA5.3: Housing

SA5.4: Economy

SA5.5: Clean environment / Climate change

SA5.6: Improvement and transformation

Self-assessment is an evidence-based analysis, understanding what a range of quantitative and qualitative information at the council’s disposal reveals about how it is exercising its functions, using its resources and governing itself. We have asked ourselves 3 key questions to assess performance under each sub-theme. These are:

  1. How well are we doing? - Assessment of current performance using qualitative and quantitative information
  2. How do we know? - Provision of evidence
  3. What can we do better and how? - Identification of forward looking improvement actions

The self-assessment draws on a range of internal and external sources, ensuring a broad evidence base to inform the actions the council will take to increase the extent to which it is meeting the performance requirements in future. The below examples are the type of information that has been drawn on as an evidence base:

  • Service plan self-assessment sections
  • External regulatory reports
  • External service reviews
  • Corporate Performance Scorecard
  • Scrutiny findings and recommendations
  • Citizen engagement and consultation exercises
  • Annual Governance Statement
  • Budget monitoring reports
  • Other statutory reports e.g. Director of Social Services Annual Report

To provide a visible and transparent way of measuring where we are on our improvement journey through time each sub-theme is scored using the system set out below, and provides both a current and forward looking perspective.

  • Score 1: Current performance - Excellent; Improvement phase - Effective
  • Score 2: Current performance - Good; Improvement phase - Embedding
  • Score 3: Current performance - Fair; Improvement phase - Evolving
  • Score 4: Current performance - Poor; Improvement phase - Emerging
ID: 9580, revised 28/02/2023