Staff Surveys vary considerably between Departments because each is commissioned in the context of their individual change programmes to track progress on priority areas and help identify further areas for action. They vary in the research organisations used to conduct and analyse the survey; they vary in their frequency and timing: the reports here range from surveys conducted back in 2004 to those conducted in 2007; and they vary in presentation of results, with different degrees of analysis and breakdown of the results.
Interpreting the Results
Main points to note in interpreting the results contained in these staff survey reports are:
- Staff surveys should not be looked at in isolation to develop judgements about the performance of individual Departments: these results provide data on the perceptions of staff; these need to be set alongside other data on performance, including delivery against PSA targets, workforce data, external assessments (eg Investors in People) to form a rounded picture of performance;
- A range of factors can influence staff survey results and change in results over time: factors such as what stage an organisation is at in its change programme and size and profile of the workforce will impact on the results and these contexts need to be taken into account in interpreting the results.
- It is very difficult to make any meaningful comparisons between individual Departmental scores: staff surveys are carried out at different points in time in different contexts; they ask different questions (even small differences in wording can impact on the way people respond); they use different scales for responses.
- When reporting results it is good practice to consider the full range of responses to particular questions (e.g. ‰ favourable scores include Strongly Agree and Agree responses).
Statistical guidance to interpret results
This guidance has been provided to help interpret the data in a credible and meaningful way following statistical good practice.
- Guide to Interpretation PDF[19KB, 2 pages]
- Border and Immigration Agency 2008 results[PDF 73KB, 15 pages]
- Cabinet Office 2005 results[PDF 28KB, 4 pages]
- Cabinet Office results from 2006[PDF 95KB, 5 pages]
- Cabinet Office results from 2007[XLS 48KB, 2 pages]
- Cabinet Office results from the People Survey Pilot 2009 [Excel, 161KB]
- Crown Prosecution Service[PDF 467KB, 23 pages]
- Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 2005 (as DTI) [PDF 140KB, 22 pages]
- Department of Children, Schools and Families 2008 results[PDF 1MB, 6 pages]
- Department for Constitutional Affairs 2005 results[PDF 189KB, 45 pages]
- Department for Constitutional Affairs 2007 results[PDF 252KB, 36 pages]
- Department for Culture, Media & Sport[PDF 363KB, 8 pages]
- Department for Education and Skills[PDF 103KB, 16 pages]
- 2007 survey[PDF 100KB, 15 pages]
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs[PDF 205KB, 35 pages]
- Department of Health[PDF 342KB, 21 pages]
- Department for International Development[PDF 27KB, 3 pages]
- Department For Work & Pensions 2005 results[PDF 254KB, 36 pages]
- Department For Work & Pensions 2006 results[PDF 264KB, 38 pages]
- Department for Transport 2008 results [PDF 91KB, 20 pages]
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office 2006 survey[PDF 64KB, 21 pages]
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office 2007 survey[PDF 183KB, 27 pages]
- HM Revenue & Customs[PDF 108KB, 11 pages]
- HM Treasury[PDF 67KB, 6 pages]
- Home Office[PDF 874KB, 41 pages]
- Home Office headquarters 2008 survey[PDF 72KB, 15 pages]
- Ministry of Defence[PDF 2.07MB, 61 pages]
- Northern Ireland Office[PDF 55KB, 10 pages]
- Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2005 results[PDF 72KB, 10 pages]
- Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2006 results[PDF 72KB, 10 pages]
- Treasury Solicitor’s[PDF 170KB, 42 pages]