[wdmmg-discuss] CRA data analysis

Lisa Evans lisa.evans at okfn.org
Tue Jan 19 14:17:52 UTC 2010

Thank you Dave, this is a good explanation of CRA, and its relation to 
PESA. It might be useful to add that the CRA data is used in PESA tables 9 
and 10.

I'm going to be talking with the Treasury and Office of National 
Statistics tomorrow about the process for collecting CRA data and about 
the bigger data sets they have like the TES and the Blue Book.

I'll report back here with, hopefully, a better understanding of how the 
data sets are gathered and how they fit together and how they have changed 
over time.


> On Tue, 19 Jan 2010, Dave Boyce wrote:
>> >  This is very interesting. Thanks for spending the time to explain it so 
>> >  thoroughly. Have you looked at matching spending by region (for schools, 
>> >  for example) with the aggregation of LA schools spending for that region 
>> >  from the 2006-07 Spending Report. It's now on OpenlyLocal 
>> >  (http://openlylocal.com/dataset_families/252). I haven't yet grouped by 
>> >  Region, but I'm planning to in the future, and I'd be interested to see 
>> >  if we can get the national and local figures to add up.
>>  Just taking a look at the LA data on OpenlyLocal now - excellent data set,
>>  and very nice work putting it onto OpenlyLocal! The data set also contains
>>  information about health spending, which I'd found elsewhere, but not in
>>  such an accessible format.
>>  The main problem I see getting the LA data to match up to the national
>>  figures is that each uses a different organisational structure. The
>>  national data is grouped using COFOG, and the LA figures aren't, and it
>>  will take a lot of work to reconcile them.
>>   - Dave
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