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Analysis of data (dashboards)

You will be able to monitor your graduates’ responses to the survey through a number of dashboards that will update on a daily basis. All dashboards will provide the facility for you to download the data in open and machine readable formats.

Dashboards will present individualised data on:

  • Graduates who have not responded to the survey, including a log of contact attempts made to date
  • Graduates who have requested further engagement from your careers service (subject to you having opted into this question bank, for which there will be associated costs).

Other dashboards will present general or anonymised data for the purposes of review and internal planning. These dashboards will display:

  • Response rate information at course level
  • The graduate’s current activities, at course level
  • Occupational classification information, including the graduate’s job title, job duties and the SOC code that the survey contractor has assigned
  • Industrial classification information, including the employer’s name, employer’s activity and the SIC code assigned.

Data usage and sharing

You can use the information in the dashboards for whatever strategic or operational requirements you need the data for. You should be careful to limit external publication of the data you receive in dashboards until after HESA has published its first statistical release (which will be in early 2020 for the first year of graduates).

We recognise that you have legitimate uses for destinations data that might necessitate release to third parties in advance of our publication of the Statistical First Release. We do not impose formal restrictions on this, but you should consider carefully whether early release is required for any given purpose. One-off releases in response to requests by official bodies are likely to be low-risk in terms of compliance with Official Statistics protocols. However, wholesale publication of data by large numbers of HE providers (such as in response to a mass-request from the press) is likely to generate conflict with Official Statistics protocols and could lead to the imposition of tighter controls.

Complaints process

Complaints about coding (e.g. SOC or SIC coding) will only be investigated where systematic problems are found. Complaints about individual codes will not be investigated. Where amendments to coding are made based on a complaint, the contractor will amend the relevant coding across all providers.

Release of full dataset

In addition to the dashboards, we will provide the full dataset to you in early 2020. We anticipate being able to provide linked earnings data from LEO (Longitudinal Education Outcomes) in mid-2020.