OECD Journal on Budgeting

The OECD Journal on Budgeting is published three times per year. It draws on the best of the recent work of the OECD Working Party of Senior Budget Officials (SBO), as well as special contributions from finance ministries, academics and experts in the field and makes it available to a wider community in an accessible format. The journal provides insight on leading-edge institutional arrangements, systems and instruments for the allocation and management of resources in the public sector.

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The Japanese Attempt at Reinforcing the Policy Management Cycle through Policy Evaluation

This article describes the introduction of a government-wide policy evaluation system that is underway in Japan, exemplified by the policy appraisal-evaluation system of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI, the former Ministry of International Trade and Industry). The initiative in METI was started in December 1999, preceding the implementation of a government-wide system. "Policy evaluation" as a term is not limited, in this context, to ex post evaluation but includes ex ante assessment and performance measurement as well. Information as to what extent and how outcome measures are used under the systems is also provided.


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