‘Known limitations’ in NSW premier’s priorities

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian speaks to the media at the WestConnex New M5 St Peters interchange in Sydney, Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING

But targets’ greatest source of value — creating simple metrics for complex issues — also means they tend to be rife with difficulties — which data is best to measure outcomes, where does it come from, and what does it really mean?

New South Wales’ 12 premier’s priorities are no different, says the Audit Office of NSW, which argues that the data published to track progress on the priorities has “known limitations” not revealed in public reporting.

Some of the priority measures are a good fit, but some have only a loose relationship to the policy problem they are ostensibly tackling, says Auditor General Margaret Crawford.

This is exacerbated by public communications, and even some reporting to ministers and the premier, not making clear how the data relates to the complex problems the premier wants solved.

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Source: The Mandarin