For the past few years it has been dawning on governments, local authorities, and the EU that there is more than one way to measure value for money in public contracts.
The new Which?
It takes less than half an hour on Scotland's roads to see how far many drivers have strayed from the good habits they presumably had on the day they passed their test.
In a world with an ever-growing population and ever-scarcer resources, the sight of shoppers in supermarkets taking a fresh plastic bag for every three or four items of shopping has become increasingly jarring.
When Jan Bevington spotted a stranded seal pup cowering on a beach near her home in Hillswick, Shetland, 27 years ago, she could not have know how that animal would change her life.
NHS Scotland Chief Executive Paul Gray says a staffing crisis in hospital A&E departments is not a problem in other in-patient settings.
Scotland trails significantly behind competitors in terms of the health and capacity of our film industry.
There is no doubt that the timetable for agreeing plans on further Scottish devolution is tight.
The latest figures on life expectancy illustrate how starkly Scottish communities are affected by inequality.
The first Crofting Census has been launched to gather detailed information on what is happening on Scotland's crofts and common grazings.
The confirmation of Nicola Sturgeon as SNP leader has had an air of inevitability about it, with her eventual rise to the position of First Minister only a matter of time.
Being charged £100 for not displaying a parking ticket, even though the ticket machine is broken.
THERE is much to be said for the newt.
The unfolding debate on greater devolution for Scotland has not been exactly exemplary for its statesmanlike behaviour.
After years standing helplessly at the bottom of the property ladder watching others clamber upwards, first-time buyers in Scotland are at last making it on to that first rung.
One of Scotland's most popular festivals, Celtic Connections, ably led by its artistic director Donald Shaw, has unveiled its 2015 programme.