The quarterly data summaries (QDS) provide a snapshot on how each government department is spending its budget, the results it has achieved and how it is deploying its workforce.
The QDS follows commitments made at Budget 2011 and the Written Ministerial Statement on Business Plans. Their primary purpose is to make more of the management information currently held by government available to members of the public on a regular basis. This information is not audited and the quality and accuracy of the data needs to dramatically improve. However, over time with improvements in data quality and timeliness the public will be able to judge the performance of each department in a meaningful and understandable manner.
We intend for an annual version of this information to be formally laid in Parliament in the annual report and accounts for July 2011/12 onwards.
The QDS template is the same for all departments, though many of the individual indicators are unique to the department (especially input and impact indicators).
Before using this data people should ensure they take full note of the caveats noted in each department’s measurement annex and treat with necessary caution.
People should not be using this data to make direct comparisons between departments for several reasons. Firstly, the business of each department is unique and it does not make sense to compare some measures across all departments. Secondly, many of the measures are not directly comparable because they do not have common definitions, time periods, or data collection processes.
GIST it provides a publicly accessible visualisation of government spending, both according to government financial information (OSCAR) or management information (QDS), both in a single place and in a format which is easy to use and understand.
Use GIST to find the latest MOD Quarterly Data Summaries