Whitehall Monitor 2014

Launch presentation


The report

Whitehall Monitor aims to chart government – using data to analyse the size, shape and performance of Whitehall and present it in an understandable, compelling and useful way.

We use open data published by government, Parliament and a few other sources to look at everything from how big each government department’s budget is and how many staff it employs to how much legislation it has been responsible for and how many written parliamentary questions it has answered on time. As well as providing a valuable snapshot of what government is, what it looks like and some of the many things it does, we hope to show how well it does its job and how this has changed. In so doing, we hope to provide the evidence and the impetus to make government more effective.

Whitehall Monitor 2014The Whitehall Monitor annual report tells three stories: what government looks like in the UK in 2014, how it has changed since 2010, and how transparent it is. These stories and the data underpinning them also give us a sense of the stresses Whitehall is likely to face under any government formed after the 2015 General Election.

This is the second Whitehall Monitor annual report (the first was published in August 2013). We also publish more frequent analysis as and when data is issued on the Institute for Government blog, alongside the underlying data on this website.


About the report

The report is divided into three broad sections, which each consist of a number of chapters:

  • Inputs are the resources that political and civil service leaders have at their disposal, including budgets and people.
  • Outputs are what government departments do with those resources and how they manage them, for example legislation, contracting and arm’s-length bodies.
  • Outcomes are the real-world impacts of those outputs – the actual difference made by government departments on the ground.

The webpage for each chapter summarises its key findings and also introduces the relevant datasets. There is a link to the PDF for each chapter as published in early November 2014. The webpage also has links to the underlying data, allowing you to see, analyse and visualise the data for yourself. It also has links to our latest blogposts on the subject, which may be more recent than the annual report, and an archive section for our previous posts on the topic.