Government relies on hundreds – possibly thousands – of models for a huge variety of critical activities, from forecasting spending plans to guiding operational decision making. It is increasingly relying on these models with more data now available and an increased emphasis on evidence-driven decision-making. Government last published guidance on modelling – the Aqua Book … Read more
Government, efficiency and transparency
Government uses a range of delivery models to carry out its policy objectives, including arm’s length bodies. Arm’s length bodies account for around £200 billion of public expenditure a year and employ approximately 300,000 staff. They perform a variety of different functions across government including; running key public services, regulating public services and providing advice … Read more
This investigation sets out the facts relating to government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic up to 31 July 2020.
26 Nov 2020
This report examines lessons from our work on major programmes, including transport, defence and energy programmes.
20 Nov 2020
This report examines the progress the government has made in developing specialist skills in the civil service.
17 Jul 2020
This report draws together our experience of the main challenges and barriers to better use of data across government.
21 Jun 2019
This investigation examines the extent to which departments have used consultants in
their work to prepare for exiting the EU.
7 Jun 2019
The Whole of Government Accounts consolidates the public sector’s accounts to produce a picture of the UK’s public finances.
24 May 2019
Setting out questions we ask when reviewing programmes, this updated framework gives new examples of good practice and lessons learnt.
23 Apr 2019
Our report examines whether local governance arrangements provide assurance that local authority spending achieves value and authorities are financially sustainable
15 Jan 2019