Performance tracker: data-driven analysis of the performance of government (2018)


Performance Tracker brings together more than 150 data series to provide a comprehensive picture of the performance of key public services. This third edition expands on our 2017 analysis. This report focuses on general practice, hospitals, adult social care, children’s social care, schools, neighbourhood services, the police, criminal courts and prisons.






CIPFA/Institute for Government


Performance Tracker assesses performance in the light of the government’s stated ambitions to maintain – and in some cases expand – the scope and quality of services, and to control spending. 

The Institute for Government and CIPFA aim to help make government more effective. It is fundamental to its effectiveness that ministers, officials and the public know how well government is performing, and use this information to guide decisions. This analysis reveals the key decision points that the chancellor faces in the run-up to his first Autumn Budget in November 2018. 

The report concludes that in services such as prisons and hospitals, the chancellor has no choice but to spend more. When it comes to schools and adult social care, the government as a whole must make tough and increasingly urgent policy decisions. Finally, Performance Tracker calls for the creation of a new watchdog (similar to the Office of Budget Responsibility) to scrutinise the assumptions underpinning government decisions about public spending. 

This is the third analysis of its kind and builds on the previous edition produced in 2017. Previous reports can be downloaded via the following links.

Download autumn 2017 Performance Tracker

Download spring 2017 Performance Tracker.