Government at a Glance 2019

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Government at a Glance provides reliable, internationally comparative data on government activities and their results in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation and South Africa. In many public governance areas, it is the only available source of data. It includes input, process, output and outcome indicators as well as contextual information for each country.

The 2019 edition includes input indicators on public finance and employment; while processes include data on institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, human resources management, regulatory government, public procurement and digital government and open data. Outcomes cover core government results (e.g. trust, inequality reduction) and indicators on access, responsiveness, quality and citizen satisfaction for the education, health and justice sectors. Governance indicators are especially useful for monitoring and benchmarking governments’ progress in their public sector reforms.

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.

English Also available in: French

Public procurement capacity and performance

The main objective of a public procurement system is to deliver efficiency and value for money in the use of public funds. Ensuring that public entities carry out public procurement in line with these objectives constitutes one of governments’ important mandate. Countries increasingly measure efficiency and cost-effectiveness of public procurement by using performance indicators, along with increasing availability of procurement data. Public procurement data can help benchmark similar contracting authorities, or manage performance by tracking trends over time and measuring results against pre-defined targets. Such structured measurement and management of performance in public procurement constitutes the main pillars of a performance management framework. Additionally, a procurement workforce with adequate skills underpins the efficient and effective delivery of desirable procurement outcomes.


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