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Audit Scotland to investigate Scotland’s digital progress

Audit will assess the Scottish Government’s progress in delivering against its digital ambitions across central government.

Audit Scotland is carrying out the first in a series of audits looking at the progress the Scottish Government is making in enabling and building a digital government.

This audit will provide an update from previous reports, assessing the Scottish Government’s progress in delivering against its digital ambitions across central government. This will include examining progress against its digital strategy, the impact of new assurance arrangements, and where possible, a comparison of the Scottish Government’s approach and progress with other countries.

According to the project scope document, the audit will investigate how effectively the Scottish Government is enabling a digital government and seek to find out what progress it has made in building a digital government. It will also ask what progress is being made in enabling the transformation and re-design of Scotland’s public services.

The move follows the launch of the Scottish Government’s overarching digital strategy, Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world: a digital strategy for Scotland, in March 2017, and its digital health and care strategy in April 2018. These set out its vision and core areas including: transforming services, digital infrastructure, collaboration, involving users and digital inclusion, data, and digital skills.

Thorough review

Audit Scotland will use case studies from across central government to look at different examples of how the Scottish Government is enabling digital transformation. It will also look at what other sectors and countries are doing in this area.

The audit will analyse key documents such as the Scottish Government’s digital strategy, budget documents and related internal and published documents. This will include reviewing relevant international examples of digital government and interviewing officials from the Scottish Government and a sample of central government bodies.

In addition, the audit will review what approaches are working well and the reasons for success and will also identify barriers or limitations to the effectiveness of the Scottish Government’s approach, what can be done to address them, and make recommendations for improvement. By doing this, it will assess the effectiveness of the Scottish Government’s arrangements for enabling government to improve services through digital technology.

Audit Scotland aims to publish its report in summer 2019. Following publication, the Auditor General, Caroline Gardner, will present findings to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee.

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