Performance management guide for councillors

This guide contains ideas, tools and approaches to help councillors manage performance effectively, in collaboration with local authority officers. The guidance is suitable for councillors in any role and provides an overview of performance management and councillors' role in it.

Councillor development
Performance management

Many local authorities are using the period of recovery and renewal after the COVID-19 pandemic to rethink their strategies, partnership approaches and engagement with citizens. As they do this, it is important to ensure that councillors are equipped with the performance management skills they need to answer the question: 'Are the actions of your council effective in making the progress that is important to citizens?'.

We have also published a performance management guide for local authority officers.

We are interested in hearing your feedback about this guide. Email the team at with your suggestions and ideas – including about any additional resources you might find useful.

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