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.
All data in this edition of the QDS was correct as at 31 March 2012.