We are committed to improving outcomes for the citizens of Dundee. We want to know if we are delivering our services effectively, and we want our councillors to have the information which allows them to scrutinise performance effectively. Comparing performance through benchmarking supports change and improvement within the Council by learning how better performing organisations achieve their results. During the past five years we have been working with other Scottish councils and the Improvement Service to develop and improve the Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF). Data is provided for performance indicators by all 32 Scottish councils. This allows us to compare how we are doing against other councils’ performance. More information on how we compare can be found at Dundee Performs. The latest data available highlights that of the 65 LGBF indicators, we are ranked number one among the 4 main cities for 30% of indicators, second only to City B. An overview of our top ranking position is outlined in the table below. Data about our performance measures and how our performance compares with other Councils is available at our Dundee Performs portal. Our ambition is to be the overall best performing city in Scotland. Monitoring and Evaluation - The Dundee Scorecard The Council’s performance management system will generate reports for the councillors at committee, for communities through a Dundee Performs webpage and for managers to use during team meetings. There will be two progress reports to the Policy & Resources Committee each year to monitor progress on the targets and actions. This will be supplemented by the Scrutiny Committee reviewing performance. There will be separate reports on the Local Government Benchmarking Framework, comparing Dundee with the other urban authorities, and progress reports on the various other plans referred to throughout this report. It should be noted that the performance of the Health and Care Partnership and Leisure and Culture Dundee come under separate governance arrangements but are included for completeness and the continuing interest the Council has in the direction and priorities of these key partners’ services. Best Value Assurance The following table provides an assessment of this Plan against the Best Value principles agreed between Councils, Audit Scotland and Ministers. The Council is committed to providing Dundee citizens with Best Value. Achieving Best Value is defined as “continuous improvement in the performance of the authority’s functions, having regard to efficiency, effectiveness, economy and equal opportunities and sustainability”. The fundamental principles of delivering Best Value, and how this plan aims to meet these, are set out in the table below. You can monitor the Council's progress and performance in the Dundee Performs section of the website.