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Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

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This second edition of Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean provides the latest available data on public administrations in the LAC region and compares it to OECD countries. It contains new indicators on public finances, centres of government, regulatory governance, open government, digital government and public procurement. This edition also includes a special feature on health budgeting.

After a decade of sustained economic growth reinforced by high commodity prices, economic conditions are deteriorating in the LAC region. In this context, LAC governments are expected to design and deliver more inclusive, transparent  and efficient policies. This report provides policy makers with performance measurements and offers comparative perspective. Good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions and tough choices, in order to  maintain progress and improvements in the region.

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Measurement of financial benefits and ICT expenditures

Measuring the effects of public policies allows policy makers and public sector managers to draw lessons and allocate limited financial resources where they can have the biggest impact, thereby increasing efficiency and effectiveness. In the case of ICTs this is particularly important since the business case to support digital government projects is usually based on the time and cost reduction that technology generates for governments, as well as the ease of access to services by businesses and citizens and the resulting level of satisfaction.

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