The IMPOWER Index is a benchmarking tool with a difference – it grades councils on productivity (outcome value per £). Using publicly available data sets and looking at performance through six different lenses, it allows councils to compare performance against other authorities, and drill down into their own data.

IMPOWER Index in numbers


specialist modules

datasets feed into the index

Using the Index

The Index helps councils to answer a number of strategic questions including:

  • How do both outcomes and productivity compare to other councils across England of a similar size, or geographically close by, or statistically similar?
  • Are investments in public services working?
  • What are the priorities for further improvement?
  • Which councils are leading the way and what can we learn from them?
  • How well aligned are individual services with council priorities?

The IMPOWER Index enables local authorities and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) across England to compare their performance against all other local authorities and (for our health-focused INDEX) ICSs.

Uniquely, the Index measures value and productivity rather than efficiency. That means we can answer:

  • which councils are spending their money most effectively and getting the best outcomes for residents
  • which councils and ICSs are best at achieving the best health and social care outcomes, especially those of older people
  • what level of carbon emissions each council must address by sector and source, and the relative engagement pin the climate agenda of the local SME cohort

Alongside the overall Index, we have also developed six specialist modules which take an in-depth look into specific areas of public services.

    Top Level Index

    Ranks council productivity and examines performance through six lenses

    Adult Social Care Module

    Assesses and benchmarks performance across a range of factors, with a specific focus on managing demand

    High Needs Module

    Analyses and benchmarks performance across a range of factors in relation to children with high needs with a specific focus on improving outcomes and managing the SEND system effectively.

    Children’s Services Module

    Evaluates the outcomes and productivity of local authority Departments of Children’s Services

    Valuing Care Module

    Analyses performance (on outcomes and spend) of local authority Children’s Services Departments in relation to Looked-After Children

    ICS Module

    Focuses on a range of metrics across health and social care, centered around the newly created integrated Care Systems (ICSs)