Innovations in Public Expenditure Management

Country Cases from the Commonwealth

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A key feature of a professional and credible public service is transparent and accountable financial management. In a rapidly changing and often challenging public sector environment, public servants are seeking new and creative approaches to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their work.

This collection of case studies, broadly drawn from Commonwealth developed and developing countries, examines innovations in public financial management and provides practical information on best practices and recommendations for new initiatives. It will be valuable for public sector leaders and policy-makers as they work to improve their public financial management systems.



Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative

This case provides an example of both the development of performance measurement systems in a complex environment, and the linkage of that exercise to providing more effective financial management practice. It also is a case that points to the benefits of the development of cross-jurisdictional comparative measurements leading to the identification of benchmarks and leading practices within those jurisdictions. As such, the case can be used in the academic setting for exploring these topics in the application of theory in these areas as well as in the organisational setting to review steps taken and lesson learned in this process. This initiative is ongoing and, subject to change, its website – www.ombi.ca – provides a rich source of documentation about the initiative. This case also benefited from interviews with participants who have been involved in it for some time.


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