Which are the best performing government departments (2014/5 update)

In 2013 and 2014 I blogged about the best-performing government departments, judged by the traffic light ratings of the Major Projects Authority.

This year’s report is now out. Here’s a table of the average score by department. I’ve collapsed the distinction between capital and non-capital projects in the Department of Health.

 

Dept 2012 2013 2014 Change
HMT 2.5 3.0 5.0 2.0
NS& I 2.0 5.0 5.0 0.0
DfID 4.0 3.0 4.0 1.0
ONS 2.8 3.4 4.0 0.6
HMRC 3.7 3.8 4.0 0.3
CO 3.2 2.9 3.6 0.7
FCO 3.7 3.4 3.5 0.1
DfT 3.5 3.3 3.4 0.2
MoJ 3.5 3.3 3.3 -0.1
HO 3.4 3.2 3.3 0.1
DECC 5.0 3.5 3.2 -0.3
DCMS 2.8 3.2 3.2 0.0
MOD 3.5 3.2 3.2 0.0
BIS 3.5 3.5 3.1 -0.3
DEFRA 3.5 3.0 3.0 0.0
DfE 3.5 3.5 3.0 -0.5
DCLG 3.3 3.7 3.0 -0.7
DoH 3.7 3.0 3.0 0.0
DWP 3.3 3.4 2.9 -0.5

Congratulations to big improvers HMT and DfID; commiserations to laggards DCLG and DWP.

P.S. At the risk of seeming churlish, the MPA release is kind of annoying. Instead of giving variables along the columns, and projects along the rows, the data is transposed. It’s either a childish plot to prevent people from sorting and filtering, or… Well, if it’s not for that reason I’m at a loss to know what purpose it might serve.

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