Government at a Glance 2017

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Government at a Glance 2017 provides the latest available data on public administrations in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, and South Africa. This edition contains new indicators on public sector emploympent, institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, regulatory governance, risk management and communication, open government data and public sector innovation. This edition also includes for the first time a number of scorecards comparing the level of access, responsiveness and quality of services in three key areas: health care, education and justice.

Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. A database containing qualitative and quantitative indicators on government is available on line. It is updated twice a year as new data are released.

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Data-informed human resources management

The digital transformation is touching all aspects of the public sector and human resources management (HRM) is no exception. Data helps decision makers understand their current context, identify trends, plan for the future and manage risks. Data on the civil service workforce can help to provide insights on the composition of the workforce, and on the civil service’s ability to recruit, retain and manage the performance of civil servants. It is a fundamental input into effective strategic human resource (HR) planning and management, and, when collected and held centrally, can be a powerful tool for benchmarking organisations and informing reform. Furthermore, workforce data can be a potent mechanism to ensure transparency and accountability with regards to the diversity of the workforce and effective HRM practices.

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