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Making better use of information to drive improvement in local public services: A report for the Audit Commission

Van de Walle, Steven and Bovaird, Tony (2007) Making better use of information to drive improvement in local public services: A report for the Audit Commission. Project Report. INLOGOV. (Unpublished)

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This report on making better use of information to drive improvement in local public services was commissioned from the School of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham, by the Audit Commission. It explores how decision makers use information when making decisions. These decision makers can be politicians, top managers, operational managers, planners etc. The focus of this report is not on the use of performance indicators sensu stricto, but on the use of information more generally. Rather than studying how existing information is used or not used in decision making, this report is looking at how decision makers go about searching, analysing, summarising, processing and interpreting information when they need to make a decision.

The report consists of three main chapters.
- A summary of key government policy initiatives in the UK to stimulate the use of information in decision making
- A review of the relevant research literature. This is the main section of the report. In it, we review the role of information in decision making theories, the organisational and structural context of information use, and psychological factors in the use of information in decision making
- A presentation of a number of international perspectives on the use of information in public sector decision making

Type of Work:Monograph (Project Report)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Public Policy
Department:Institute of Local Government Studies
Subjects:J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Funders:Audit Commission
ID Code:33

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