In-depth analysis of the implementation and development of policy innovations and processes of policy learning: Report for Scotland.
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Ellison, M. (2015) In-depth analysis of the implementation and development of policy innovations and processes of policy learning: Report for Scotland. INSPIRES.
In July 2015, the Scottish government launched 'Working for Growth' a refreshed framework for social and employment policies and initiatives in Scotland. Offering an underlying rationale premised on the uncertainties of the current economic and political context, the framework adheres to the broad policy architecture of 'constructive advantage' initiated by the Scottish government in 2006 (Figure One). However, whilst employability expenditure continues to be based upon a dual investment approach incorporating both supply and demand side measures, a new emphasises has now been placed upon the need to stimulate economic recovery by more effective integration of employability and economic development policies. The intrinsic importance of a 'continuing social and economic value of a skilled, educated and created workforce' is also emphasised in the new policy framework. Tracing the development of this policy architecture, governance, implementation and performance this report analyses in-depth the context, factors and parameters that have shape selected policy innovations in Scotland (Part One). In Part Two of the report a policy learning infrastructure and processes of policy learning are examined. This In-depth analysis of the implementation and development of policy innovations and processes of policy learning in Scotland is informed by a comprehensive documentary analysis of both primary and secondary data and 32 semi-structured interviews. Documents analysed included official documents, social dialogue documents, research and study reports and related critical academic overviews on developments in employment and social, policy in Scotland. The 32 semi-structured interviews were conducted with high level policy makers, including members of parliament committees, trade unionists and representatives of parliamentary committees; local authority officials; administrative staff within key delivery organisations such as Skills Development Scotland; representatives of vulnerable groups such as ENABLE Scotland; and representatives of third sector organisations.(Annex. 1) Official policy documentation as well as Scottish Government and UK National Statistics and European statistics (Eurostat) have been analysed as part of this process. This report also utilizes results from INSPIRES Work package 2 on the position of vulnerable groups within the Scottish labour market and Work Package 3' Identifying Policy Innovations increasing Labour Market Resilience and Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups'.