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Performance management guide for councillors

This guide contains ideas, tools and approaches to help councillors manage performance effectively, in collaboration with local authority officers.

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We know that this is a time of change for many local authorities as they recover and renew from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local authorities are using this opportunity to rethink their strategies, partnership approaches and engagement with citizens. As this work is underway, it feels timely to ensure that councillors are equipped with the information they need to understand the extent to which the actions of their council are effective in making the type of progress which is important to citizens.

Alongside this guide for councillors, we have also published a Performance management guide for local authority officers. You may find it useful to refer to this guide. In developing both guides, we have undertaken a review of evidence concerning effective performance management in councils.