NHS Health Scotland

How to use the website

We have designed the website to be an interactive and user friendly way to access the different tools in the outcomes frameworks (see glossary for an explanation of key terms).

The logic models map out the activities which can be undertaken, and the population groups to be targeted to achieve a desired outcome.  The logic models also map out the time or logical sequence in which we expect the outcomes to be achieved. 

All of the logic models are clickable. Clicking on the green buttonsgreen button imagewill take you to an explanation of the links made in the models between activities and outcomes. We have used a range of criteria to create the logic models, including published evidence where available (see fuller details of criteria and information used). Clicking on the numbered boxes in each of the logic models will take you to data sources that may be useful for monitoring outcomes.

Outcome Triangles
The outcomes triangles are diagrams that present an overview of each topic area.  We have used them to illustrate different levels of health improvement outcomes and how they relate to the national outcomes in the National Performance Framework.

Multiple Results Chains
The multiple results chains can be used to summarise the information in the logic models and highlight key contributions of different sectors to health improvement outcomes.

The frameworks have been developed at a national level. We recognise that the picture may be different at local level and we would encourage you to tailor the models to suit your needs. The frameworks can be amended for planning local health improvement strategies and identifying the most important outcomes to measure locally. They can also be used to help develop Single Outcome Agreements and the performance measures needed to assess progress in your SOAs.

The tools on this website are a work in progress. For some topics evidence is still to be added and in others indicators are still to be added. Nor are they are fixed; view the multiple results chains as examples of how to use the outcome approach and tools. Community planning partners who want to use these tools can adapt them to reflect local priorities and circumstances. Major new sources of evidence will be incorporated as they become available and the frameworks will be reviewed.

We would welcome your views on the website, or the outcomes frameworks within so please contact us.