A number of new developments have led to increased interest in the need to gather uniform
data and develop systems that can analyse information in a meaningful way and produce
comparable reports. These include the implementation of the Looking After Children system
in England and Wales, the development of a Performance Assessment Framework in
England and the introduction of Quality Protects in England and Children First in Wales.
The data analysis network (DAN) is a forum established to co-ordinate work on data
extraction and analysis so as to ensure that information in this area is both accurate,
meaningfully employed at both an individual and strategic level and genuinely comparable
over time and between authorities.
This report was an outcome of a project of
The Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University