Strategy Toolkit - Toolkit for the preparation, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of public administration reform and sector strategies: guidance for SIGMA partners

A well-functioning public administration is a prerequisite for transparent and effective democratic governance. It is the foundation for the functioning of the state, determining a government’s ability to provide public services and foster competitiveness and growth.

Achieving the necessary standard of public administration requires reforms in many areas of both policy and administration. If reforms are planned and implemented in a fragmented, ad hoc way, they may not transform the governance system and functioning of a public administration as expected. Achieving results requires governments to steer and co-ordinate implementation of an overall reform vision and prioritised objectives.

Effective and clear leadership, well-functioning implementation mechanisms, clear accountability lines and financial sustainability are at the heart of any successful reform strategy. They are critical for ensuring that a strategy is actually implemented and does not exist only on paper.

Over the years, SIGMA has assisted a number of countries with developing plans for the reform of their public administration, as well as elaborating and introducing the corresponding monitoring and reporting frameworks for these reforms. SIGMA has also helped countries to develop their national strategic planning systems to ensure that the same quality of standards and conceptual approaches are applied to their sector strategy development and monitoring, irrespective of the specifics of the policy area.

This Toolkit provides practical insights and advice, as well as easy-to-use tools for those involved in the development and implementation of public administration reform (PAR) and sector strategies.

The Toolkit guides the reader through each stage of the development, implementation, monitoring and overall management of strategies. It covers:

  • problem analysis;
  • the prioritisation of reform ambitions;
  • the setting of objectives;
  • the definition of indicators (with baselines and targets);
  • action planning and costing;
  • implementation monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
  • PAR management and learning.

The Toolkit (with its Annexes) provides a number of recommendations, tools, and templates to develop and implement strategies:


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