This page provides information about how we measure, monitor and report our performance.
Latest performance news
Below you will find our regular reports. Here's the Commissioner's commentary on the latest Dashboard Report (you can find the report at the bottom of the page).
It is hard to believe but another quarter has been and gone.
Christmas and Hogmanay festivities seem like a distant memory. But FOI
goes on. October to December (Quarter 3) was the quietest Quarter 3 for
three years, in terms of applications received. It is also the quietest
year to date since 2010/11. The reasons for the fall in numbers are not
entirely clear, but we think that one of the contributory factors was the
Referendum. We continue to meet most of our targets for case closure
times but are keeping our eye on the ‘cases closed within four months’
indicator. Quarter 3 saw a sustained fall, for the first time this year,
in applications about failure to respond (FTR). Overall the proportion of
valid applications about FTR, at 28%, is higher than this point last year when
it stood at 22% but compared to the position at the end of June, when it peaked
at 35%, the direction of travel is encouraging.
More about this section
The Scottish Information Commissioner's functions, and the powers required to discharge those functions, are derived from Scotland's freedom of information legislation - specifically, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) (EIRs) and the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009. The Commissioner enforces and promotes the rights created by these pieces of legislation, and these pages provide information on how the Commissioner is doing. On this part of our site you will find information about:
You can also click here to view the Commissioner's Financial Performance.
As a Scottish public authority, the Scottish Information Commissioner is accountable to taxpayers for delivering functions economically, efficiently and effectively. The Commissioner has set out the overall approach to delivery of those functions in a four-year Strategic Plan 2012-2016. This plan is published, and shared with the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
Each year, the Commissioner also publishes an Operational Plan - the annual programme of activity which will be delivered over the year, in pursuit of the key strategic themes in the four year plan. The Operational Plan contains details of all planned activities along with targets/success measures and timescales.
View current and past plans on the Strategic and operational plans pages of this site.
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The Commissioner reports progress against Operational Plan Objectives every quarter. A 'Dashboard' of caseload and investigations performance statistics is also published every month. You can download the Commissioner's Quarterly Operational Reports and monthly Dashboard Reports below.
Quarterly Operational Reports
These reports are published once they have been signed off by the Commissioner - usually at the next Quarterly Management Team meeting.
Caseload 'Dashboard' Reports
This report includes statistics showing the number of cases and enquiries, against the targets set at the beginning of each financial year. There are also statistics on the length of investigations, against the targets set. Annual caseload statistics appear in the Annual reports of the Scottish Information Commissioner.
The first report for 2012/13 covers the six-months to end September 2012. Following a review of our reporting arrangements, this report will be published quarterly.
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Under Section 46 of the Act, the Commissioner must lay an annual report before the Scottish Parliament. The Commissioner's Annual Reports typically include commentary from the Commissioner, reflecting on the previous year and setting out priorities for the coming year. They also include a broad compendium of performance statistics, including annual trends, and other statistical data relating to freedom of information in Scotland e.g. from research the Commissioner has commissioned from time to time.
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