Costa Rica: Good Governance, from Process to Results

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The review analyses key areas of public governance in Costa Rica and identifies opportunities to improve the performance of the state in order to ensure more effective and efficient service delivery for all citizens. It examines co-ordination at the centre of government, public policy monitoring and evaluation and the use of the budget framework for strategic planning. It also looks at human resource management, integrity policies and public procurement, and multi-level governance. The review provides recommendations to assist the government in strengthening the capacity of the public sector to support social and economic development.



Monitoring and evaluation as a tool to become result-oriented in Costa Rica

This chapter focuses on Costa Rica’s national monitoring and evaluation system. Whereas a clear institutional set-up with a definition of roles and responsibilities for different actors has been developed, the country faces important challenges. These include the need to shift towards a result-oriented monitoring and evaluation culture, a lack of using performance information strategically, a weak alignment of the budget and policy cycle, and certain capacity constraints across the public sector. Recommendations are formulated to address these issues, including the promotion of a balanced set of result criteria, a balanced approach between accountability and learning objectives, further capacity strengthening, and promoting a gradual development of the monitoring and evaluation system.


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