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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Innovation in human resource management strategies and programmes

Governments are facing fiscal constraints, technological and demographic changes, and rising citizen expectations that demand innovative responses from the public sector. As a result, many governments are experimenting with ways to foster innovation. Civil servants need the ability, motivation and opportunities to contribute to innovation. Therefore, human resource management (HRM) is an important lever for supporting public sector innovation by enabling managers and front-line staff to formulate ideas that result in new and improved ways to deliver public services. HRM practices that can enhance capacity for innovation include incentive structures and awards; managerial and leadership approaches; organisational practices related to recruitment, training, mobility and compensation of employees; and job design factors such as autonomy and ways of working.

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