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Data and managing council performance – training for councillors

Councillors can join us on Zoom to attend one of our virtual introductory sessions on data and the role it plays in managing council performance. This programme has been developed in association with King’s College London.


Who is this programme for?

The programme has been designed for:

  • councillors who have responsibility for a service
  • councillors who have a role in scrutinising the performance of one or more of their council's services
  • councillors who would benefit from increasing or refreshing their knowledge on the role of data in performance management.

Programme content

The session will be facilitated by Professor Michael Sanders of King’s College London in the form of a taught course with opportunities for attendees to participate where appropriate.

The session will cover the following topics:

•  what is data?
•  common ways in which data is analysed and presented
•  key questions to ask of our data
•  performance management – measuring what matters.

Why attend?

Good use of data within councils is crucial to informing decision-making and monitoring performance. This session will help you to:

•    understand data
•    interpret performance reports
•    ask the right questions
•    use data to make informed decisions.

Those attending will better understand the fundamentals of data and how it can be presented, in particular in performance reports. You will learn how to use data (and how not to use it) to understand your council’s performance and you will be more confident in asking questions about the data you are seeing. The course will give practical examples drawn from typical local government scenarios.

Next sessions

New dates will be scheduled shortly. If you would like to receive information about these, please email us at us at [email protected] 

Contact us

If you have any questions or require further information, please get in touch with us at [email protected]