Users and uses of the report
There are known and unknown users of the National Child Measurement Programme reports.
Known users have been established through customer engagement including a consultation carried out in 2016 and are detailed below.
Unknown users access the report directly from our website. We seek feedback from these users to understand how to better meet their needs in future via emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2016 we engaged with users of this report as part of the wider NHS Digital consultation on all statistical products
Known users and uses
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
The NCMP is a key element of the Government’s approach to tackling child obesity. NCMP statistics are used to inform policy and set national ambitions such as those detailed in Childhood obesity: a plan for action.
Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)
OHID are responsible for the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) which sets out the desired outcomes for public health and how these will be measured. The NCMP provides robust data for the child excess weight indicators in the PHOF.
The OHID Population Health Analysis team conduct additional analyses on the NCMP data, including regional and local analyses, and produce a range of reports and tools:
Frequently use NCMP statistics for analyses, benchmarking and to inform decision making.
Academia and researchers
Non-identifiable versions of the annual NCMP datasets have been made available on the NHS Digital website since 2013/14. Datasets for years prior to 2013/14 were deposited in the UK Data Archive. This NCMP data is used by academics in their research papers.
Some examples are provided below:
NCMP data are frequently used to underpin articles in newspapers, journals and online media.
Aggregated NCMP data as published in NHS Digital's national report and OHID's more detailed analyses, is freely accessible for general public use.
Public Health Campaign Groups
Data is used to inform policy and decision making and to examine trends and behaviours.
NCMP statistics are used by NHS Digital to answer Parliamentary Questions (PQs), Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and ad-hoc queries. Ad-hoc requests are received from health professionals; research companies; public sector organisations, and members of the public, showing the statistics are widely used and not solely within the profession.
We also capture information on the number of web hits the reports receive, although we are unable to capture who the users are from this.