Whitehall Monitor analyses the size, shape and performance of Whitehall.
The decisions taken by politicians and civil servants in ‘Whitehall’, a street in London SW1 that serves as shorthand for the administration of government, can often seem remote from citizens’ lives. But they are fundamental to them. Understanding Whitehall – and the very different organisations and people that it comprises – matters.
We use open data to chart everything from political leadership to government finances, from the civil service workforce to legislation, from how major projects are delivered to how government responds to requests for information.
Government openness is important for accountability: Parliament, press and the public should all be able to understand what government is doing and how well it is doing it. But openness also matters for government effectiveness. Publishing data can foster improvements in its use and quality, and widen the audience that might draw insights.
Whitehall Monitor aims to:
- use data to give an overview of what government looks like and how it is performing
- encourage government to improve how it uses and publishes data, to improve its own effectiveness and the ability of those of us outside government to hold it to account.
The project started as a series of bulletins in response to data releases. The first annual report was published in 2013. Alongside our annual report and other publications we now produce a range of topical explainers and expert comment. We also host regular events.
Information about Whitehall Monitor methodology can be found here.
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