Better Governance Index
Duration of Project: December 2016 – May 2017
Team Members: Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Dr Shehryar Khan, Rabia Manzoor, Ahmad Durani
The project uses a set of governance indicators (quality of governance, accountability, inclusion and openness, effectiveness and responsiveness for assessing institutional performance across selective public sector institutions. The construction of BGI would enable the government to reflect on institutional performance and also enable the citizens for holding state institutions to account. The BGI initiative attempts to inculcate the need for enhanced public accountability, while permitting institutions to identify managerial blind spots for continuous improvement. The BGI will be a first-in-class initiative for measuring and comparing public sector performance and comprise a range of relevant metrics that will:
- Serve as a tool for benchmarking performance of public sector institutions;
- Drive better performance, providing public sector managers with a tool for identifying areas for improvement in individual institutions as well as in a group of institutions;
- Help create a competitive market for public sector institutions, leading to enhanced accountability, improved services and lowering of transaction costs; and
- Likely evolve into an accreditation system for public sector, providing a basis for budgetary allocations, linking individual career progression with institutional results and financial and technical support from donors with performance on donor-assisted projects.