Independent Evaluation of Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights

Ferrie, J. (2019) Independent Evaluation of Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights. Project Report. Scottish Human Rights Commission, Edinburgh, UK.

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"Yeah, I think it’s an important document but it’s only as good as what it leads to on the ground." Drafting Group, year 1 Interview SNAP is Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, a plan to help realise rights for all living in Scotland. Launched on 10 December 2013, the first four year phase ran until 2017. This evaluation, commissioned in early March 2017, builds on 74 interviews evaluating SNAP that were conducted in 2014-2018, as well as documentary analysis. See Appendix 1 for the evaluation remit, Appendix 2 for a list of participants and Appendix 3 for a list of documents. SNAP was built on the evidence base established by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (henceforth known as the Commission) in ‘Getting it Right?’ (GiR), and formed new collaborative action groups made up of influencers and stakeholders from the Commission, Scottish Government, civil society, public authorities and private actors. The groups aimed to deliver actions that would improve knowledge of, understanding of, and use of human rights in Scotland by duty bearers and rights holders. International guidance on best practice for National Action Plans states that they should be: • Evidence-based (research and participation informs priorities for action). • Inclusive (all stakeholders should be involved in shaping commitments). • Committed to (with high-level and long-term support across the political spectrum and across all bodies with responsibility). • Action–orientated (for each priority issue specific and achievable commitments for change are made). • Realistic (resourced, taking account of pragmatic constraints and integrated in to the work of public authorities) • Measurable (each commitment is linked to indicators which can be used to track progress. These should be linked to time-bound benchmarks); • Supported (with capacity building to put commitments into practice). • Monitored (progress should be subject to regular independent review). The structure of this evaluation uses these criteria as headings to evaluate SNAP.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ferrie, Dr Jo
Authors: Ferrie, J.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Scottish Human Rights Commission
Published Online:19 July 2019

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