Help for Councils to use information in decision making

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.”

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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