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Creative Scotland pilot round - good practice in attraction and assessment

Published 20 Nov 2015

This brief report describes the first round on which a draft competency framework for board members was piloted. It also describes how the framework assisted with implementation of the Commissioner's guidance on application of the Code.

2014 Applicant Research

Published 11 Jun 2015

This is our third applicant research study. It builds on the results received in previous surveys and the views of respondents have given us a wealth of useful information on their experience of applying for public appointments. The research is fully supported by the Scottish Government who have committed to considering the data provided to make improvements to the applicant experience. We are grateful to those who provided time and effort giving invaluable feedback which formed the basis of the findings.

Good practice in attraction and assessment - Fife and Dumfries & Galloway NHS boards

Published 15 May 2015

These appointment rounds built successfully on the pilot round run for Lanarkshire NHS in 2014. This report summarises how learning from the initial pilot was taken forward to inform the approaches taken to attract and recruit people to two other health boards.

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.

Conflict of Interest Leaflet

Published 01 May 2015

This leaflet gives guidance on what might be considered a conflict of interest when applying for a public appointment.

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.

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