OECD Public Governance Reviews

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This series includes international studies and country-specific reviews of government efforts to make the public sector more efficient, effective, innovative and responsive to citizens’ needs and expectations. Publications in this series look at topics such as open government, preventing corruption and promoting integrity in the public service, risk management, illicit trade, audit institutions, and civil service reform. Country-specific reviews assess a public administration’s ability to achieve  government objectives and preparedness to address current and future challenges. In analysing how a country's public administration works, reviews focus on cross-departmental co-operation, the relationships between levels of government and with citizens and businesses, innovation and quality of public services, and the impact of information technology on the work of government and its interaction with businesses and citizens.


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Slovak Republic: Better Co-ordination for Better Policies, Services and Results

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22 Dec 2015
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This review analyses public governance in the Slovak Republic and provides recommendations to support ongoing comprehensive public administration reform. The analysis is structured around five key areas: the centre of government’s capacity to steer and lead policy development and implementation; analytical and evaluation capacities; human resources management and civil service; e-government; transparency and integrity in the public administration. The review identifies two main themes running through these five areas: The first is the need for more effective whole-of-government co-ordination of strategy-setting and implementation, led by the centre of government. The second is the need to generate and use evidence more effectively when making decisions.

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  • Foreword and Acknowledgements

    The Slovak Republic is pursuing a comprehensive reform of its public administration to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of government decision making to support growth and development. The Slovak Republic is entering a new phase in its pursuit of more effective governance. This represents a unique opportunity to design and adopt public administration reforms in a way that addresses the government’s institutional fragmentation and strong ministerial silos.

  • Executive summary

    The Slovak Republic’s centre of government (CoG) is currently focusing on ways to strengthen its capacity to co-ordinate government strategy more effectively, starting with the Political Manifesto drafted at the beginning of the government’s mandate, while improving its ability to develop whole-of-government plans and monitor policy implementation. In support of these efforts, the Review recommends

  • Assessment and recommendations

    This Review covers the following five key public governance themes identified as priorities by the government of the Slovak Republic

  • Improving steering from the centre of government in the Slovak Republic

    This chapter explores some of the keys issues of centre-of-government capacity in the Slovak Republic. It aims to assess the current situation and suggest recommendations to the government of the Slovak Republic to improve the status quo.

  • Strengthening analytical and evaluation capacity in the Slovak Republic

    This chapter examines the Slovak government’s use of evidence-based decision making and its analytical capacities. It argues that the decisions of the Slovak administration on policies, legislation or spending are often insufficiently based on evidence and sound analysis. There have been attempts to improve the situation; however, progress remains slow, especially due to the lack of demand on the side of the decision makers. This chapter also provides a set of recommendations on how to strengthen the analytical capacities of the Slovak administration to better support the government’s decision making.

  • Strengthening the capability of the state civil service in the Slovak Republic

    This chapter focuses on strengthening the capability of the state civil service in the Slovak Republic through strategic human resources management (HRM) practices that build on the legal and institutional reforms currently planned or underway. The analysis supports the findings and proposals contained in the Slovak government’s HRM Strategy to 2020, underlining the need for HRM practices that ensure merit, professionalism, continuity and the development of human capital in the staffing of the civil service. The chapter highlights how the consistent application of basic HRM procedures and standards across the civil service, supported by the Government Office and the planned establishment of an impartial and independent Council of the Civil Service, will create scope to develop strategic HRM based on competencies, performance and workforce planning.

  • Scaling up digital government in the Slovak Republic

    This chapter examines the process of digitisation in the Slovak administration over the past decade. Though there has been measurable progress in a number of areas, particularly with regards to Internet connectivity and usage, when it comes to the online delivery of public services and citizen engagement, the Slovak Republic has lagged behind peer countries both within the European Union and the OECD. There is, however, strong demand-side potential for digital services, evidenced by the relatively high uptake levels of Internet-based activities by the Slovakian population as a whole. With the embrace of some key improvements to its approach, many of the elements are in place for the Slovak Republic to rapidly become a regional leader in digital government.

  • Enhancing transparency and integrity in the Slovak Republic

    This chapter reviews the existing integrity and transparency mechanisms in the Slovak public sector, especially in relation to codes of conduct, management of conflict of interest and ethics training. Examination of these three areas will give the opportunity to provide evidence-based guidance to help the Slovak Republic advance towards implementation of comprehensive integrity framework. This is important since the level of perceived corruption in the Slovak Republic still remains high, despite the government’s efforts to enhance integrity across the public administration.

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