During the coronavirus crisis, many governments access uncharted territory and face completely new challenges. Thus civil servants need to act with careful navigation. In order to make good and necessary judgments in difficult times, it lies not only within the civil servants’ responsibility but also requires a common understanding of the government’s approach, underlying values, and principles.
As the first government worldwide, the Scottish Government issued a framework for decision making during the coronavirus crisis. The document contains not only a summary of the government’s approach and principles but also a framework for decisions, options for easing or imposing restrictions, a section on how the government tries to control the pandemic, and lastly what the government’s plans are when the pandemic is defeated. This a living document that will be updated as evidence, modeling and assessment of the different options develop.
To access the Scottish Government’s Framework for Decision Making, follow this link.