The QDS is a core part of the Government’s transparency agenda. It provides the latest data on indicators included in the Departmental Business Plan as well as other published data and management information.
It is designed to fit on a single page and provide a quarterly snapshot on how the department is spending its budget, the results it has achieved and how it is deploying its workforce.
The primary purpose of the QDS is to make more of the management information currently held by government available to members of the public on a regular basis. Although this information is not audited it can be used to provide a regular update on the management of Whitehall.
The QDS format is the same for all departments, though many of the individual indicators are unique to the Department (especially input and impact indicators). For any interpretation or analysis of the information, users should pay careful attention to the accompanying Measurement Annex, which outlines the caveats and nuances surrounding the data.
We will be updating the QDS regularly (on a quarterly basis) with the next publication to follow in July 2012. Our intention is to develop the QDS over time to improve the timeliness and quality of the data and to allow for further comparison between the metrics.
All data in this edition of the QDS was correct as at 31 March 2012.
The information is provided in both Excel and CSV formats to allow the information to be re-usable.