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).
Well, this last quarter saw the end of the reporting year. Last year (2013-14) we saw a slight reduction in applications. That fall continued and in 2014-15 we saw a fall of 18% on the previous year; 103 applications. We received 475 applications and closed 486, meeting all our published targets along the way.
We are currently analysing our data to identify where the greatest changes have been. As you may know we routinely monitor three types of application: invalid, FTR (Failure to Respond), and substantive. We saw a reduction in numbers in all three types but it is not uniform. Last year 32% of applications were invalid; early indications are this has fallen to around 30% this year. Overall, FTR applications have remained at around 24% of all valid applications BUT the good news is that in the last six months they dropped off dramatically. It looks like substantive applications, as a proportion of our workload, have remained fairly constant at around 76%, BUT like FTRs this global figure disguises an underlying shift. In the second half of the year, substantive applications accounted for around 84% of our valid cases. We still have some additional data to gather for the definitive end of year figures we will use for our Annual Report.
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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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