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ONS develops public service data dashboards


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has developed a series of interactive dashboards to bring together data relevant to a number of public service issues.

Its Efficiency Measurement Unit (EMU) has developed the tools as part of the effort to build an evidence base for assessing the efficiency of services.

The first four in operation as beta versions cover education, health, criminal justice and work and pensions.

According to an ONS blogpost by Sophie Davis, a senior analyst in the EMU, they have pulled together an array of relevant data, including on spending, inputs, outputs and outcomes.

“By bringing it together in one place into an interactive tool, we hope to enable users, from departments and HM Treasury through to the public, to have a shared understanding of the efficiency story,” Davies says.

The EMU is also drawing on wider sources of data to develop a series of stories on efficiency related topics, the first two covering characteristics of public sector workers and the productivity of fire and rescue services.

It is now looking for feedback from users to inform the next stage of the dashboards’ development.

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