How Scrutiny is Effective
Scrutiny must influence others; it does not implement changes or take decisions itself and as such there are certain elements that enhance the effectiveness of Scrutiny:
Working in a transparent way, making it clear to all those involved how the process works.
Demonstrating accountability for the process and outcomes of Scrutiny.
Being efficient and responding to the needs and aspirations of the community.
Working in a deliberative way which underpins an evidence-based approach to the work of Scrutiny.
Demonstrating a non-partisan approach, placing the needs and aspirations of the community above the consideration of party politics.
Strengthening the democratic process of decision-making, through initiating and improving the quality of debate.
Demonstrating effective work management, to make sure that Scrutiny activities are timely and have impact.
Showing positive leadership, to enable Scrutiny Committees to function smoothly.