Inclusive Growth Diagnostics

Regional and Local Inclusive Growth Diagnostics

North Ayrshire Inclusive Growth Diagnostic

In 2017, the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser at the Scottish Government and North Ayrshire Council undertook a joint piece of work to assess what was holding back long-term sustainable inclusivity and growth in North Ayrshire. This pilot was used to refine the inclusive growth diagnostic approach, which has subsequently been applied in a number of other local areas and regions.

The work sought to identify those prioritised investment decisions with the potential to deliver long-term transformational change. The project was awarded the Policy Development Award at the Scottish Public Service Awards in December 2017.

The results of the North Ayrshire Diagnostic can be found in the documents below.

Inclusive Growth Diagnostic User Guide

The Inclusive Growth Diagnostic user guide sets out an overview of the diagnostic approach developed and applied in North Ayrshire for users who may wish to apply the approach in their own area. The approach is intended to be flexible to fit both local circumstances and the context in which it is being undertaken.

The diagnostic user guide can be downloaded below.

The Inclusive Growth Diagnostic Tool

The inclusive growth diagnostic tool is currently in proof of concept form. It is an Excel based tool designed to inform initial discussions of inclusive growth in a particular setting or place. The diagnostic approach to inclusive growth (see link at the bottom of this page) suggests a process for having these discussions. The tool is designed to assist practitioners in Stage 1 of the diagnostic process by identifying key trends in data on their area.

The tool is designed to be used in a local setting using Local Authority data. It starts by looking at the 5 Ps discussed above and includes two core indicators for each of those outcomes. Significantly more data is available for each of the 5 P’s so different indicators can be added to the inclusive growth summaries to give an overview of performance. The tool can therefore be adapted for local circumstances and different local priorities. In this way, once it has been adapted and improved, it can be used to measure inclusive growth conditions within a particular area.

The inclusive growth diagnostic tool and accompanying user guide is available for download below. Please note that, while we aim to keep the data as up to date as possible, the data in the tool is not linked to automatically update when new data is published.


SCRIG is committed to providing access to relevant analytical tools to help stakeholders progress on the development and practical application of inclusive growth policies and action. Our inclusive growth diagnostic framework emphasises the need to consider an evidence-based approach to policy making. This process starts with understanding local data and evidence to identify areas for further investigation, including acknowledging evidence gaps and working to improve them. To that end, we launched the experimental data tool (SCRIG dashboard excel file) to pull together a range of economic statistics into one place.

We have been monitoring feedback since launch of the tool and appreciate the comments and suggestions we have received.

Feedback that has been received on the tool has been quite clear in terms of the value it provides particularly in terms of pulling together relevant data into a single place and in helping to inform early consideration of Inclusive Growth performance as part of a wider policy framework process. Constructively, the tool could be improved in terms of accessibility and simplicity.

We are therefore, in the process of making a number of improvements to the tool that will aim to more clearly define and communicate inclusive growth conditions in a local area by:

• Focussing on fewer – but more critical – indicators for each of the 5 Ps. This will still allow for flexibility in relation to local priorities, but will ensure a clearer focus on access to high quality jobs while recognising the role of wider drivers influencing inclusive growth.
• Utilising the streamlined approach to indicator selection to communicate clearly how data can and should be interpreted, including advice on statistical quality of data and limitations. For example, the updated tool will provide an easy to understand and transparent summary of performance under each of the Ps as well as more technical notes and bespoke advice for each of the indicators.
• Retaining the benefits of being able to carry out local authority comparisons and regional data aggregation.
• Allowing for greater customisation and adaptation of the tool by simplifying significantly, and focussing guidance on how to add data or update a particular data set within the tool.
• Over the longer-term, we are improving our scope and coverage of regional and local economic stats and aim to develop a platform that links to

Initial improvements will be made available in early 2019, and following this the Scottish Government will continue to seek feedback and advice on ongoing improvements to the tool from local stakeholders and practitioners.

Over the longer-term, the Scottish Government is committed to a wider programme of work to improve the availability of sub-Scotland (regional and local) economic statistics (via the Sub-Scotland Economic Statistics Group), that will help deliver better quality data at a disaggregated level.