Government At a Glance

A new and very interesting survey from OECD has recently been launched called Government at a Glance. This survey focuses on public administration and is intended to be a bi-annual survey of the OECD members.

The survey is categorized into indicators. Each indicator is composed of results from multiple questions. These are individually weighted discretized into a single score per grouping of indicator. The indicators are grouped as following:

  • Delegation: Composed of among others checking if there is a agency for human resources on national level.
  • Recruiting system: Composed of among others how a person becomes a public servant (direct application or competitive examination).
  • Performance-related pay: Composed of among others who gets performance related pay.
  • Performance assessment: Composed of among others how important performance assessment is related to career advancement.
  • Mid-term perspective: This is divided into; Estimates such as how often are multi-year estimated updated and Targets/Ceilings such as how many years does a target cover.
  • Performance Budget: Composed of among others if the ministries are required to report on performance against targets.
  • Executive flexibility: Composed of among others if the ministries have the authority to cancel spending once the budget has been approved.
  • Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA)-process: Composed of among others if RIA carried out before new regulations are adopted.
  • Programmes for reduction of administrative burdens: Composed of among others if there is an explicit programme to reduce the administrative burdens.

The survey also includes how core values within government has changed from 2000 to 2009, shown in the following figure:

Overview of what governments identified as core values in 2000 and 2009.

Some of the other key findings includes that governments are increasingly using private and non-profit entities to provide goods and services. Furthermore, that only between 10% and 60% of the population use eGovernment services.

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