New report on making the most of information to improve services

Is there something I should know? report coverThe Audit Commission has published the report Is there something I should know? (PDF, 1.28mb) looking at the way local councils use information to make decisions.

The report’s purpose is to encourage senior members of local councils to be more demanding about the information they seek, and use, during the decision making process.

The report highlighted that:

  • 9 out of 10 councils believe good quality information is a top priority
  • However, less than 5% of councils have excellent quality data
  • 65% of councils face problems sharing data externally
  • 80% of councils say a lack of in-depth analysis is a major problem
  • Two thirds of councils say members struggle to understand information, but half of all councils provide no formal training in the area and almost a quarter provide no support at all

The report contains suggestions on how information can be utilised more effectively in the decision making process and is supported by a number of practical tools including:

For more information, visit the Audit Commission website where you can access the full report and practical tools.

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