The draft recommendations for an approach to managing consistency and accuracy of HECoS are as follows.
Please comment on matters such as priority, relevance, clarity, and sufficiency.
While the HECoS governing body should play a key role in monitoring the accuracy and consistency of coding, it is not recommended that the governing body should monitor the standard of coding in HESA returns or police institutional coding inconsistencies, other than for the purpose of ensuring the quality of the HECoS vocabulary itself.
The HECoS governing body should focus specifically on ensuring that HECoS structures, support and guidance are sufficient to enable a high level of consistency and accuracy of coding across the sector, and on gathering evidence of where change may be required. The monitoring process should aim to identify problems and inconsistencies in definitions and scope notes, requirements for changes to navigational structures, the need for new terms to be adopted or obsolete terms deprecated.
Monitoring the consistency and accuracy of HECoS coding should be a routine administrative task. It is envisaged that a thorough and comprehensive monitoring process would be required during the first 1-2 years of HECoS adoption. After this period a lightweight monitoring process should be established to monitor coding consistency and accuracy every 2-3 years.
This is one of a set of pages seeking comment on the draft Governance Model.