Performance, monitoring and analytics
Performance, monitoring and analysis is carried out by the insight portfolio. The portfolio is responsible for:
- commissioning and undertaking research and evaluation to improve our inspections;
- regularly collecting high-quality data;
- analysing data on crime, policing and fire and rescue; and
- HMICFRS’s monitoring process for police forces and fire and rescue services.
Evaluation and research
Evaluation, research and methods
The evaluation and research team manages the relationship with stakeholders for improving inspections. This involves carrying out evaluation, through surveys, interviews and focus groups as well as quantitative analysis. The team also works with academic institutions, forces and other public bodies.
Through these various channels, new ideas and concepts, and existing HMICFRS work are discussed and tested to ultimately gather feedback to improve HMICFRS’s inspection approach.
Collecting high quality data
A significant amount of bespoke data is held by the portfolio, collected through its many data collections. Much of the data is not held anywhere else in government.
The main channel for this is the HMICFRS police and fire and rescue service Technical Advisory Groups, which meet regularly in alignment with the inspection schedule.
Analysis of data
The analytical team work are involved in every step of the inspection process from input into design of methodologies to analysis of inspection findings.
The portfolio works closely with analysts across government, policing and the fire and rescue sector, combining their unique knowledge and skills to ensure that value is added across the breadth of policing and FRS analysis.
The team design data collections, to supplement published data sources. Together these make data briefing packs, which are aligned to the inspection questions for each force. These packs provide analysis to help contextualise inspection approaches, as well as analysis to help inspectors focus inspection activity on important areas.
The team also advises on the best ways to present and contextualise analysis and evidence in inspection reports.
HMICFRS’s monitoring process for police forces
Performance monitoring enables concerns about police force performance (either geographical or thematic) to be identified quickly so that appropriate action can be taken by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and the Home Secretary.
To read more about the process of monitoring police forces, visit Our approach to monitoring forces.
HMICFRS’s monitoring process for fire and rescue services
A monitoring process for fire and rescue services is being developed alongside the FRS inspection process.
Working at HMICFRS
We periodically recruit for new staff. Any current vacancies will be listed in the Working at HMICFRS section.