User guide for the Public Service Data Dashboards

What are the dashboards?

The dashboards are intended to help you easily access a broad spectrum of published data available for public services in one place.

The dashboards include:

  • health statistics
  • education statistics
  • work and pensions statistics

Each dashboard is divided into four main sections:

  • Spend
    • Description: An overview of the resource needed to deliver the inputs for that department.
    • Purpose: To show an overview (where available) of the available Total Managed Expenditure (TME), Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL), and Annually Managed Expenditure (AME).
  • Inputs
    • Description: An overview of what is ‘bought’ by each department using the Spend.
    • Purpose: To show the change over time (and any available breakdowns) of the department’s inputs.
  • Outputs
    • Description: An overview of what is produced or delivered by the Inputs.
    • Purpose: To show the change over time (and any available breakdowns) of the department’s outputs.
  • Outcomes
    • Description: An overview of the main outcomes identified as part of the single departmental plan.
    • Purpose: To show the change over time (and any available breakdowns or demographic differences) of the department’s outcomes.

For further definitions, go to “What are spend, inputs, outputs and outcomes?”

Each dashboard also has its own specific content. To find out more, go to “What is different about each dashboard?”

What is spend, inputs, outputs and outcomes?

Inputs, outputs and outcomes can be defined in various ways. The definitions adhered to during the production of these dashboards can be found and supported in several sources, such as Choosing the Right Fabric: A Framework for Performance Information which outlines each as the following:

  • inputs are the resources that contribute to production and delivery, such as labour, physical assets and IT systems.
  • outputs are the final products, or goods and services produced by the organisation for delivery to the customer.
  • outcomes are the impacts or consequences of the activities. This is normally what an organisation is trying to achieve.

Spend is typically defined as:

  • The amount of money used to “buy” the inputs.

Using the dashboards

Navigating:

  • Move focus between sections: Press Ctrl and F6
  • Move focus forward in section: Press Tab
  • Move focus backward in section: Press Shift and Tab
  • Select or de-select an object: Press Enter or Space
  • Multi-select objects: Press Ctrl and Space

On visual:

  • Move focus to visual menu: Press Alt and Shift and F10
  • Show data: Press Alt and Shift and F11
  • Enter a visual: Press Ctrl and Right arrow
  • Enter a layer: Press Enter
  • Exit a layer or visual: Press Esc
  • Select of unselect data point: Press Enter or Space
  • Multi-select: Press Ctrl and Enter or Ctrl and Space
  • Right click: on a Windows keyboard press Windows context key and F10, on other keyboards press Shift and F10
  • Clear selection: Press Ctrl and Shift and C

Table and Matrix Navigation:

  • Move focus up or down one cell (across all cells in all areas): Press Up arrow key or Down arrow key
  • Move focus left or right one cell (across all cells in all areas): Press Left arrow key or Right arrow key

Pane Navigation:

  • Multi-select: Press Ctrl and Space
  • Collapse a single table: Press Left arrow key
  • Expand a single table: Press Right arrow key
  • Collapse all tables: Press Alt and Shift and 1
  • Expand all tables: Press Alt and Shift and 9
  • Open a context menu: on a Windows keyboard press Windows context key and F10, on other keyboards press Shift and F10

Slicer:

  • Interact with a slicer: Press Ctrl and Right arrow key

Selection Pane:

  • Activate selection pane: Press F6
  • Move an object up in the layering: Press Ctrl and Shift and F
  • Move an object down in the layering: Press Ctrl and Shift and B
  • Hide or show (toggle) an object: Press Ctrl and Shift and S

Supported web browsers

The following web browsers support Power BI:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari Mac latest version
  • Firefox desktop latest version (Firefox may change the fonts used in Power BI reports)

The functionality of the dashboards may be affected if JavaScript is not enabled in your web browser.

Contact us

If you have any queries or would like to provide feedback, please contact:
publicservicesanalysis@ons.gov.uk

You can also provide feedback by completing our survey.