They provide data on indicators included in Departmental Business Plans as well as other published data and management information, and are a core part of the transparency agenda.
They are designed to fit on a single page and provide a quarterly snapshot on how each 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. Although this information is not audited it can be used to provide a regular update on the management of Whitehall. We intend for this information to be laid formally in Parliament as part of future Annual Reports and Accounts.
The information is provided in both Excel and CSV formats to allow the information to be re-usable.
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.