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Public bodies drowning in useless data, says report

The Guardian - Public managers now have more data about their organisation's performance than ever before – but most it is useless in helping them become more efficient or cope with budget cuts.

That is the assertion in a report published today on the performance challenges facing the UK public sector by a thinktank called the Advanced Performance Institute (API). Almost half the 405 public sector organisations in the survey said that while they have collected significantly more information about their performance in the past two years, only 10% or less of that data has helped them perform more efficiently.

It's a pretty worrying finding at a time when public managers face one of the biggest challenges of their careers, having to plan how their organisations tackle large budget cuts.