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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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Staff performance management

Improving public service quality, accessibility and responsiveness, while carefully managing limited resources, requires effective performance management in the public sector. Defining appropriate performance indicators for policies and services can inform the performance objectives of employees. Such practices help to clarify organisational goals for staff so that they gain a better understanding of their role within the organisation and how to best contribute towards strategic organisational objectives. Performance assessments also strengthen incentives to improve performance by allowing for the recognition of individual and collective efforts in a consistent and transparent manner. Performance assessments can help to identify gaps in skills and can feed into strategic HR planning and training.

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