Closing the opportunity gap (CtOG) programme: scoping work for design of impact assessment

Nicola Smith, Natalie Branosky, John H. McKendrick, Gill Scott

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Closing the Opportunity Gap (CtOG) lies at the heart of the Scottish Executive’s desire to build a better Scotland. As with the focus on social inclusion, as opposed to exclusion, sensitivity to local circumstances, and the commitment to tackle complex, multi-faceted problems by working in partnership across departmental boundaries and Ministerial portfolios, ‘Closing the Opportunity Gap’ has emerged as one of the defining features of the Scottish Executive’s approach to fulfilling its devolved responsibilities.
However, CtOG is not only conceived as an overarching strategic goal for the Scottish Executive; rather, it is the result of a cross cabinet review of the Social Justice Strategy (SJS) led by the Minister for Communities. Six CtOG Objectives were announced in July 2004, and 10 CtOG Targets were announced in December 2004. The development of CtOG from the SJS reflects the desire for the Scottish Executive to focus on the most important issues and activities – for which the Scottish Executive has responsibility - that will overcome poverty in Scotland. CtOG thus aims to prevent poverty, provide routes out of poverty, and to sustain poverty-free lives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScottish Executive Social Research
Number of pages112
ISBN (Print)0-7559-6058-0
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • poverty
  • local government
  • social inclusion
  • Scotland
  • Scottish Executive


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