The Importance of Good Research and Analysis

Two recently published reports highlight the importance of good quality research and intelligence at local level. The first is published by DCLG in partnership with the Audit Commission and the LGA, “Supporting local information and research: Understanding demand and improving capacity”,  and provides a good overview around how to strengthen the support for local partners in their use of local information and research in decision-making processes.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/supportinglocalresearch

The second report is published by the Audit Commission. “Is there something I should know?”, looks at how councils use information to make decisions.

It encourages chief executives, senior officers and lead members to be more demanding about the information they seek and use when making decisions.  Both reports are well worth a look.

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