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Our Progress Monitoring

The Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS) Performance Framework sets out how we are monitoring progress against the ambitions set out in the Strategy.  The latest data are reported in the suite of GMS performance dashboards, available for download from this page.

Greater Manchester Strategy Performance Dashboards

Our progress monitoring

We are committed to reporting on how successful we are in achieving the ambitions set out in the Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS) and developed an accompanying Performance Framework to track progress against the shared outcomes and shared commitments set out in the Strategy.  The GMS Performance Dashboards (Tableau website) report this progress and are updated every six months alongside the GMS Progress Report.


Indicators and targets

The Performance Framework includes a set of shared outcome indicators – these are higher-level, contextual measures, on which we expect to see change in the medium to longer-term.  As many wider factors inform performance against them, and in some instances the potential for Greater Manchester activity to influence this performance is relatively limited, they do not have targets. 

The shared commitments have indicators that have been chosen because they align closely with the commitment wording and intent.  Although they are specific to particular shared commitments, the indicators should be treated as cross-cutting and linked – in the same way that the shared commitments are ‘owned’ collectively across different thematic areas and organisations, performance against the indicators is a shared responsibility.  A number of the shared commitment indicators have defined targets, intended to be achieved by 2024 – targets have been set where indicators are likely to demonstrate change as a result of what we do within Greater Manchester, rather than simply reflecting wider factors, and where there is an opportunity for this change to be demonstrated within the shorter-term.

Understanding variation and inequality

Reflecting the GMS ‘A fairer Greater Manchester’ priority, we are committed to generating intelligence that gives us a better understanding of inequality across the city-region, in terms of both spatial and demographic variation.

The Performance Framework includes three indicators with ‘neighbourhood floor targets’, which set a baseline level below which no area in Greater Manchester should fall, with a commitment to prioritising a collective response where this should occur. 

We also want to understand how outcomes vary for our diverse communities, including variance by age, sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and trans status, and religious affiliation.  In particular, we want the Framework to give us intelligence on the disproportionately poor outcomes experienced by some of our communities and have included indicators that can give us insight into performance ‘gaps’ with the wider population and how these gaps are changing over time. 

There are challenges in developing comprehensive intelligence on variable performance across Greater Manchester, both spatial and demographic, due to the lack of sources that provide the necessary level of detail.  Where possible, we have drawn on new sources of local data to expand our understanding, particularly through local surveys.  However, much of the reporting remains relatively high-level, and currently only a minority of the indicators provide breakdowns by demographic group.  Even where they do, we can generally only report for relatively high-level categories (such as broad ethnic group, rather than for people from within specific racially minoritised communities), as the data are not robust enough when the numbers become smaller.  Over time, we aim to build sample sizes and identify alternative indicators to improve our ability to differentiate the data for a wider range of communities.

We use the term ‘from within racially minoritised communities’ to refer to people experiencing racial inequality.  The term recognises that individuals have been minoritised through social processes rather than just existing as distinct minorities, although it is important to acknowledge the negative consequence of grouping all minoritised individuals together under one term, as there are significant differences both between and within these groups.  ‘From within’ has been added to recognise that not all people in these communities will identify as minoritised.

Race Equality Evidence Base

Reports by Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and GMCA Research Team provide a comprehensive understanding of the current issues facing racially minoritised communities in Greater Manchester.

The GMCA report uses the Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS) as its framework – assessing each of the indicators it contains to identify which can be disaggregated by ethnicity. It aims to draw out the key issues for racially minoritised communities across Greater Manchester. The Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at University of Manchester highlights the broader issues relevant to race equality across the themes of education, employment, health and criminal justice.