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Public sector methodology articles

Articles and documents relating to measuring the public sector outputs, inputs and productivity.
 
Title Author Date of issue
Methods change in total public service productivity estimates: total public services 2012  (342.1 Kb Pdf)

Sophie Danielis, ONS

January 2015 

Annex A: A user guide to key statistics in public service productivity estimates: education 2012 (33 Kb Word document)

Annex B: Review of education quality in schools: an update (24 Kb Word document)

Sarah Caul, ONS September 2014

Methods change in public service productivity estimates: education 2012 (72.3 Kb Pdf)

This article describes a change of data source for teacher hours worked, which will be introduced in the forthcoming release of public service productivity estimates: education 2012. 

Sarah Caul, ONS June 2014 

Sources and methods for public service productivity estimates: total public services (111.4 Kb Pdf)

This article describes the sources and methods that we use to calculate estimates of output, inputs and productivity for publicly funded services in the UK.

There is also a worked example to illustrate the methodology used:
Worked example - public service productivity estimates: total (306 Kb Excel sheet)

Philip Wales, ONS February 2014 

Sources and methods for public service productivity estimates: healthcare (328.6 Kb Pdf)

This article describes the sources and methods that we use to calculate estimates of output, inputs and productivity for publicly funded healthcare in the UK.

There is also a worked example to illustrate the methodology used: 
Worked example - public service productivity estimates: healthcare (486.5 Kb Excel sheet)

Philip Wales, ONS July 2013
A user guide to key statistics in public service productivity estimates: total public services, 2010 (13.8 Kb Pdf) Nia Pope, ONS April 2013 
Methods change in public service productivity estimates: total public service 2010 (236 Kb Word document) Nia Pope, ONS March 2013
A user guide to key statistics in public service productivity estimates (21.6 Kb Pdf) Fiona Massey, ONS December 2012

Methods changes in public service productivity estimates: healthcare 2010 (79.2 Kb Pdf)

This article summarises the main changes being introduced in this year's public service productivity estimates: healthcare 2010.  It provides information on the three main changes to data sources and methods, and outlines the main sources of data revisions.

 

Fiona Massey, ONS November 2012

Sources and methods for public service productivity estimates: education (313.6 Kb Pdf)

This article describes the sources and methods that we use to calculate estimates of output, inputs and productivity for publicly funded education.

Worked Example - public service productivity estimates: education (537 Kb Excel sheet)

Philip Wales, ONS July 2012
Nowcasting healthcare output
(419.6 Kb Pdf)
This article explores new methodologies of nowcasting the output of publicly funded healthcare on both a quarterly and annual basis.
Adam Jurd and Daniel Ayoubkhani, ONS Jun 2012
Quality adjustment of public service health output: current method
(152.2 Kb Pdf)
This article describes the method we currently use to quality-adjust healthcare output. This measure is incorporated into estimates of healthcare productivity only. It is not included within the UK national accounts.
Mike Phelps, ONS April 2012
Public service productivity estimates: treatment of unmeasured output
(172.3 Kb Pdf)
This article summarises how we currently treat areas of spending that have no direct output measures. Some alternative approaches are described and conclusions drawn.
Mike Phelps, ONS  April 2012

Methods changes in public service productivity estimates: education 2010 (74.9 Kb Pdf)

This article summarises the main changes being introduced in this year’s publication of Public Service Productivity estimates: Education.  It provides information on the three main changes to data sources and methods, and outlines the main sources of data revisions.

Related link: Education productivity increases for second year running

Fiona Massey, ONS February 2012 
Public service productivity estimates: revisions policy (58.3 Kb Pdf) Mike Phelps, ONS  February 2012 
A brief guide to sources of public sector employment statistics, 2011 (46.3 Kb Pdf) ONS January 2011
A methodology for valuing statistical benefits (235 Kb Pdf) Gavin Wallis, ONS 2006
Atkinson review: Final report (1.1 Mb Pdf) Tony Atkinson, Palgrave 2005


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