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Scottish Policy Initiatives Need Better Monitoring and Control, Says Auditor

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Policy Initiatives Need Better Monitoring and Control, Says Auditor

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The monitoring and control of Scottish Executive policy initiatives costing some £1.4bn needs to be improved, Audit Scotland has concluded.

In a report published this week, the watchdog found that the management of new projects was generally sound. But it said tighter funding control was needed as well as better assessment of whether policy aims were being achieved.

Deputy auditor general Caroline Gardner said the report How government works: the Scottish Executive - supporting new initiatives, came at an important time, with the Executive increasingly working with partner organisations to achieve its policy goals.

She added: 'The report concludes that the arrangements in place for most projects comply with good practice principles established by Audit Scotland.

'However, there is scope for improvement in areas such as objective-setting, links with delivery partners and monitoring and evaluation arrangements.'

The Audit Scotland study assessed the quality of the arrangements for managing and monitoring 74 projects or schemes with specific policy objectives. …

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