As part of the strategy a guide to performance information: ‘Choosing the right FABRIC: a Framework for Performance Information’ has also been published. This document is published jointly by the Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the National Audit Office, the Audit Commission, and the Office for National Statistics and contains principles agreed by the five organisation.
There is also a Quick
Guide which provides a set of checklists which may be used
to review the strengths and weaknesses of existing performance measurement
systems or to assist in the design of a new system.
The Directorate of Performance Measurement co-ordinates work on performance measurement in financial audits, reviews of central government bodies’ governance arrangements, and in value for money studies. It ensures that the advice and support given to departments in the course of audit business reflects this breadth of experience. The Directorate also frames value for money studies to afford Parliament a view of progress in measuring performance, while aiming to establish and promulgate good practices. The Directorate can help departments, agencies and NDPBs with the development of sound and cost-effective performance measures and measurement systems.
The Audit Commission has established a small team in a ‘centre of excellence’, called the ‘Centre for Performance Measurement’. The purpose of the Centre is to research and publish advice on the development of effective performance information and measurement in local authorities and the health service. It will also engage in active learning with organisations and individual managers who are tackling specific performance measurement problems.
The Office for National Statistics has a central unit which can provide advice on methods, and on quality assurance for statistical systems through central government. The unit maintains links with the academic community, and can advise on how data systems can be put on a methodologically sound basis.
Performance Information Panel brings together sources of expertise from around government, including the Cabinet Office, the Office for National Statistics and the Treasury, together with representatives from the National Audit Office and Audit Commission. The secretariat to the Panel will act as a central contact point for requests for advice which can be directed to the experts most able to help.
Cabinet Office's Performance Measurement Government team works closely
with the Treasury to promote the Modernising Government agenda through
PSAs and SDAs and other aspects of performance measurement. As part
of the Modernising Public Services group, it also contributes to policy
development in the areas of performance information, target-setting
and reporting in departments, agencies, NDPBs and local government.
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