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Scottish Government letter to applicants

Published 15 Jun 2015

This letter sets out the Scottish Government response to the feedback provided by applicants and the issues highlighted in our 2014 applicant research report.


Good practice in assessment - Scottish Police Authority

Published 08 May 2015

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to assess applicants for the Scottish Police Authority. The selection panel used an alternative approach for initial applications and an additional assessment exercise was used at the interview stage to simulate an activity that board members would be engaged in if appointed.

Good practice in assessment - Historic Environment Scotland

Published 04 May 2015

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to assess applicants for a whole new board. It was considered to be very a good way of assessing the attributes that people would need to be effective. Candidates also commented positively on how robust they found the assessment process.

How to make a Freedom of Information request

Published 01 Apr 2015

Guidance on how to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request or an Environmental Information request (EIR).

Freedom of Information Policy and Procedures

Published 01 Apr 2015

The Commissioner's policy and procedures for staff members, covering matters relating to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations.

How The Commissioner Handles Information Requests

Published 01 Apr 2015

Guidance for the public on how the Commissioner will process a request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Good practice in assessment - Dumfries and Galloway NHS

Published 05 Nov 2014

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to simulate a situation that a board chair might realistically have to deal with once appointed. It was considered to be very a good way of assessing skills that the chair of this board was going to need to be successful.

CESPLS Annual Report 2013-14

Published 23 Oct 2014

This annual report summarises the work carried out by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life during 2013-14.



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