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ESFA CDC Programme.

The Education & Skills Funding Agency

Property Services
Sheldon Mann, Partner at Hoare Lea

Lead Partner:
Sheldon Mann

Testing for performance.

The Condition Data Collection (CDC) is one of the biggest condition data collection exercises in the UK public sector.

This programme by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will see every government-maintained school in England visited to collect data about the physical condition of school buildings and how they are managed.

Better understanding, better targeting.

Of the 25,000 total, approximately 5,000 of the schools will be surveyed by our in-house Property Services team. The results will influence how the ESFA invests £23 billion into the schools estate over the next spending review period. It will also allow targeted future investment, helping to ensure money gets to where it’s most needed.

We attend each site survey, using data collection software to capture the information, and then submitting the data. Although a relatively simple process, the logistical scale of the programme means we have to work strategically to ensure consistency and quality across everything we do.

On your marks.

All surveys are subject to a defined quality review process throughout the programme. Using our experience on previous programmes, we created an enhanced quality assurance process that includes pre-site visits, survey methodology, survey scope, survey outputs, and data keeping. This allows us to ensure that the project deliverables are consistent, accurate, and robust.

Our understanding of the post-occupancy sector of the building cycle, as well as our flexible approach to the logistical and geographic challenges of the programme, has made for a successful start to this large-scale but important project.