2018 Report details for project: Census Transformation Programme

Project name Census Transformation Programme - there are 6 reports for this project: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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Organisation ONS (D303) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year 2018 (data is from September 2017)
Category Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Census Transformation Programme will run from 2015 to 2025 and has been segmented into three clear objectives:- Delivery of the 2021 Census: research, development, implementation and operation of a 2021 online Census.- Integrated population statistics outputs: developing and implementing methods for enhancing 2021 outputs and producing new outputs before 2021.- Beyond 2021: Delivery of a recommendation to produce population, household and characteristic information currently provided by the online Census. The Programme will aim to maximise benefits by delivering benefits to ONS and the wider GSS through re-use of systems and services wherever it makes economic sense.
DCA (RAG) Amber
DCA text: The Programme mobilization period for Tranche 2 (Rehearsal) covers the time-period from January 2018 to Rehearsal in 2019. This involves a range of significant activities including: 1) Re-baselining the Programme plan and organisation structure 2) Approving the Programme Census Operation Design (COD) and a number of key delivery strategies 3) Continuing to review, refine and assure the capability to deliver the rehearsal 4) Assuring the procurements to deliver rehearsal 5) Understanding the detailed workings of the Service Integration and Management function Key notable success/activities include: 1. ONS submitted the Programme Business Case V2.0 in August 2017 and held the Treasury Approval Point in September 2017. The Programme received approval, subject to conditions, on the 16th October 2017. 2. The National Statistician briefed the Minister for the Cabinet Office who was supportive of ONS' approach to the White Paper. ONS are on track to make recommendations to Government to allow publication of the White Paper and make the necessary legislative changes via Secondary Legislation. 3. The Programme continues the procurement and appointment of suppliers required to deliver the 2019 Rehearsal and 2021 Census. The Programme has received Spend Control Approval for our Print & Post Out, Contact Centre and Technical Consultancy and Design (TCaDs). The Programme has also conducted extensive market engagement to support the re-launch of our Field Forces contract which has improved confidence that competitors will tender for the contract. The Programme's Delivery Confidence Assessment rating remains at Amber as confirmed at the Delivery Board. The Programme status is driven by: 1) Continuing work to finalize key “strategies” relating to the Census Operation Design 2) Requirement to build capability (particularly in the Design Space) - programme continues to accelerate its internal recruitment and look to bolster our capability with interim and external staff. 3) Alignment of Census and internal partner groups (including DST) out to 2019 - better governance and partnership forums are being established and alignment of products and timelines is being driven through the current re-planning activity due to conclude at the end of November 2017. This includes the ongoing work to achieve alignment of the Digital Services Technology Roadmap. 4) Planning - Finalization of the Census Rehearsal date and supporting milestones
Start date 2015-01-01
End date 2025-03-31
Schedule text Tranche delivery on schedule. A Programme Assurance Review (PAR) was held July 2017.
Baseline £55.60m
Forecast £55.01m
Variance -1.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost £905.76m
WLCost text: The Baseline Whole Life Costs are based on Programme Business Case (PBC) v1.0 approved by HM Treasury on 4th August 2016, comprising 3 main stands: 1) Main Census and Admin Data Programme 2) Data Collection Transformation Programme 3) Digital Transformation Costs are expressed in nominal terms.
Notes1: Census & Data Collection Transformation
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Sourcefile IPA_2018.csv

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