The Read report recommends that:
…the centre of government needs a capability to provide better and more efficient support to departments and more effective leadership on management information. This should include reporting on comparisons between departments, assisting with technology to automate data collection and exercising control over central requests to departments for information. Much of the reporting and requests for information from departments can and should be rationalised.
The data collection calendar helps to enable more efficient and effective planning by providing a structured timetable for:
- data approvals
- requests and returns