Government at a Glance 2009

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The actions and policies of government touch our daily lives in countless ways. Quantifying and measuring government actions can help leaders make better decisions, and can help to hold government accountable to its citizens. 

Government at a Glance is a new, biennial publication of the OECD providing over 30 indicators describing government performance. It compares the political and institutional frameworks of government across OECD countries, as well as government revenues, expenditures and employment. It also includes indicators describing government policies and practices in integrity, e-government and open government, and introduces several composite indexes summarising key aspects of public management practices in human resource management, budgeting and regulatory management. For each figure, the book provides a dynamic link (StatLink) which directs the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel® format.

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Staff performance management

A focus on performance is at the core of modernising public administrations in most OECD member countries. Assessing performance is often the first step in recognising both individual and collective efforts in a more fair and objective manner. At the same time, performance assessments can clarify the goals of the organisation for staff, linking their roles to organisational objectives and helping implement change. However, creating a performance management system does not in itself improve performance. Its success, in part, depends on goals and strategies being clearly defined and communicated to employees, and on managers’ ability to objectively assess and measure performance.

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