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Making services work : indicators, assessments, and benchmarking of the quality and governance of public service delivery in the human development sectors

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  • Fiszbein, Ariel
  • Ringold, Dena
  • Rogers, F. Halsey

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Improving governance is central to improving results in human development. It is clear that money is not enough: improved outcomes from service delivery require better governance, including mechanisms for holding service providers accountable and appropriate incentives for performance. There is therefore a growing demand for indicators to measure how and whether these processes work, and how they affect health and education results. This paper makes the case for measuring governance policies and performance, and the quality of service delivery in health and education. It develops a framework for selecting and measuring a set of indicators and proposes options, drawing from new and innovative measurement tools and approaches. The paper proposes the adoption of a more systematic approach that will both facilitate the work of health and education policymakers and allow for cross-country comparisons and benchmarking.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5690.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5690

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Keywords: Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Governance Indicators; Public Sector Corruption&Anticorruption Measures; Poverty Monitoring&Analysis; Public Sector Expenditure Policy;

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Cited by:
  1. Bassett, Lucy & Giannozzi, Sara & Pop, Lucian & Ringold, Dena, 2012. "Rules, roles, and controls : governance in social protection with an application to social assistance," Social Protection Discussion Papers 67612, The World Bank.
  2. Rubio, Gloria M., 2011. "Measuring governance and service delivery in safety net programs," Social Protection Discussion Papers 64633, The World Bank.
  3. Giannozzi, Sara & Khan, Asmeen, 2011. "Strengthening governance of social safety nets in East Asia," Social Protection Discussion Papers 63930, The World Bank.

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