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Comprehensive area assessment

In April 2009, the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) replaced Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA).

CAA looked at how well local services work together to improve the quality of life for local people. It required public bodies, such as; councils, police forces, fire and rescue services and health bodies, to work in partnership to address the challenges facing communities and deliver improvements. Previously, CPA assessed public bodies on an individual basis.

CAA aimed to provide local people with information on local services, increase their awareness of the services available, and enable them to make informed decisions and get value for money.

  • It was about people and places.
  • It gave people a snapshot of life in their local area each year. 
  • It helped local services improve quality of life in their area. 
  • It helped local people understand if they are getting value for money from their local services.


CAA focused on issues that are important to our community. It covered issues such as; reducing inequalities in health and education, increasing the availability of affordable housing, reducing fear of crime, improving educational achievement, attracting investment and reducing our carbon footprint.

There were two types of assessment undertaken in each area:
An area assessment – ensured the priorities set reflected residents priorities and whether local services delivered on outcomes that mattered to people. Gloucestershire's Area Assessment can be viewed at the OnePlace website.
An organisational assessment – focused on individual public bodies and their organisational effectiveness, combining their use of resources and managing performance scores. You can download our Organisational Assessment here.

In light of the coalition governments commitment to ending top down government, the Comprehensive Area Assessment has now been abolished with immediate effect, only one year of assessments were completed.

Further information is available from Local Government Improvement and Development