Department for Culture Media and Sport

our performance

We use a number of indicators to measure our performance. 

These are split into input and impact indicators.

Input indicators show what is being ‘bought’ with public money, i.e. the resources being invested into delivering the results that we and our partners are aiming to achieve.

Impact indicators give information on the outcomes of our work. They reflect the quality and effectiveness of the programmes and priorities set out in our business plan and the impact they have on society. They provide a broad picture of performance, with a particular focus on whether fairness is being improved.  

Performance indicators

For performance indicators prior to July 2012 see our Business Plan Quarterly Data Summary.

  • Further technical information on each indicator in the Measurement Annex (Excel 48kb)


Input indicators


Input indicator Latest release Data for previous period Data source
1. Public funding per eligible student at schools participating in the School Games (£ per student). By 1 August 2012 8,341 schools, with 3.85 million eligible students, were participating in the School Games.
In 2011/12 there was £50.8m of public funding announced for the School Games.
This equates to an average public sector cost of £13.20 per eligible student at schools participating in the School Games in 2011/12.
 N/A School Games 2011/12
2. Ratio of charitable giving to grant-in-aid for cultural institutions funded by DCMS (Arts Council England, English Heritage, National Museums and Galleries). For every £1 of Grant-in-Aid received by DCMS-funded cultural institutions in 2010/11, around 24 pence was received in fundraising/contributed income by these institutions. In 2009/10 this was around 22 pence for every £1 of Grant-in-Aid received. Charitable Giving Indicators Report 2010/11
3. Progress towards delivery on time and to budget of Olympic and Paralympic Games (ratio of actual spend as percentage of anticipated final cost to percentage of actual progress of Olympic Delivery Authority programme). As of 31 December 2011, the actual spend on the ODA capital programme was £4.87bn and the Current Baseline Budget for the total capital programme, including post games transformation, was £5.24bn (93% of the budget).  The percentage progress on the ODA total capital programme was 93.5%. Therefore the ratio of spend to progress was 93.0/93.5 = 0.995 (a figure less than one means that progress achieved is greater than actual spend). At the end of September 2011, the ratio of spend to progress on the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) capital programme was 0.998. Quarterly Olympic Indicator
4. Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery programme expenditure.  N/A  N/A Broadband Delivery UK

Impact indicators


1. Proportion of children participating in competitive sport. In 2011/12, 80%of 5-15 year old children had done some form of competitive sport in the last 12 months. Over three quarters (76.9%) had taken part in competitive sport in school, whilst 37% had taken part outside of school. In January to March 2011, 79.5% of 5-15 year old children had done some form of competitive sport in the last 12 months. Almost three quarters (74.9%) had taken part in competitive sport in school, whilst 40.6% had taken part outside of school.  Taking Part Survey
2. Total amount of charitable giving (donations and sponsorship) to cultural institutions funded by DCMS. In 2010/11 DCMS-funded cultural institutions raised around £250.4m in contributed income. £17m of this was from donated objects. In 2009/10, £234.9m was raised in contributed income. £18m of this was from donated objects. Charitable Giving Indicators Report 2010/11
3. Proportion of people directly employed in tourism. The ONS Tourism Satellite Account estimated that there were 1,797,300 jobs directly supported by tourism expenditure in the UK in 2009. This equates to around 1,425,500 Full Time Equivalent (FTEs) in direct tourism employment. The ONS Tourism Satellite Account estimated that there were 1,722,700 jobs directly supported by tourism expenditure in the UK in 2008. This equates to around 1,346,700 Full Time Equivalent (FTEs) in direct tourism employment. Tourism Intelligence Unit ONS, UK Tourism Satellite Account (Table 7 Excel data sheet)
4. Broadband Delivery UK’s Best-in-Europe scorecard (measuring Coverage, Speed, Price and Choice of broadband service).  N/A  N/A Broadband Delivery UK