Intresting report and guidance (OK, I’ve only looked at the self-evaluation part…)
Local authorities can raise their game in using information: councils are often basing important decisions on unreliable information.
It suggests that councils acknowledge the problem, with nine out of 10 saying they think good quality information is a top priority, and that they need to act quickly to improve the quality of their data. Two-thirds of councils say their members struggle to understand information, and half say the same for senior officers; yet half also fail to provide any formal training in the field.
The report makes a number of recommendations, including the use of the self-assessment framework linked to above to understand where councils need to improve, and the toolkit to drive the improvements. It also calls for a strong dialogue between decision makers and information providers, a culture of professionalism in the field, and the development of a national structure for research, intelligence and information functions.”