"In my view, FOI has been a great advance in Scottish civic life." - Audience member, Festival of Politics 2010
The Commissioner has a duty to promote good FOI practice amongst Scottish public authorities - this can include assessing whether an authority is following good practice. He undertook his first practice assessment visit in November 2008, and his Assessment Team now make around 12 visits a year. Practice assessments explore whether an authority's actual practice complies with its obligations under FOISA and the EIRs, and the section 60 and 61 codes of practice issued by Scottish Ministers.
Read more in the Annual Report 2010/11:
Visit the Commissioner's website for more information on his approach to practice assessments: Assessing and improving practice