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  • 23-September-2020

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    Leadership for a high performing civil service - Towards senior civil service systems in OECD countries

    Public service leaders – senior civil servants who lead and improve major government functions – are at the heart of government effectiveness. They translate political direction into the policies and programmes that keep citizens healthy, safe, and economically productive. In order to do so, however, they need to have both the right skills and institutional support to deploy them effectively. This paper summarises insights from a recently completed project that addressed this challenge. First, the paper identifies four leadership capabilities that are necessary to respond to complex policy challenges: values-based leadership, open inclusion, organisational stewardship, and networked collaboration. Second, the paper outlines a model for assessing senior civil service systems, i.e. the policies, processes and tools needed to develop these capabilities and support leaders in using them. The paper concludes with recommendations to help governments take a systematic approach to the development and management of their public service leaders.
  • 21-September-2020

    English

    OECD Report on SDG Budgeting in Romania

    This report sets out recommendations for the implementation of SDG budgeting in the context of the current budget framework in Romania, and emphasises aspects of the budget framework which could be strengthened in order to develop a more sophisticated approach.

  • 18-September-2020

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    Romania: OECD Scan of Institutional Mechanisms to Deliver on the SDGs - Full report

    Romania: OECD Scan of Institutional Mechanisms to Deliver on the SDGs

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  • 17-September-2020

    English

    Public communication: The global context and the way forward

    The OECD International Report "Public communication: The global context and the way forward" will further the analysis and understanding of how public communication and media efforts can support transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation.

  • 17-September-2020

    English

    The economics of patient safety Part III: Long-term care - Valuing safety for the long haul

    Long-term care (LTC) institutions are now providing care to a greater number of people, and more residents with chronic conditions and multiple co-morbidities, than ever before. Trends suggest this strain will continue to increase as OECD populations continue to age. The total cost of avoidable admissions to hospitals from LTC facilities in 2016 was almost USD 18 Billion, equivalent to 2.5% of all spending on hospital inpatient care or 4.4% of all spending on LTC. Research shows that over half of the harm that occurs in LTC is preventable, and over 40% of admissions to hospitals from LTC are avoidable. The root causes of these events can be addressed through improved prevention and safety practices and workforce development—including skill-mix and education. Targeted investments in a number of key areas can have a significant impact by mitigating the main cost drivers of adverse events in LTC.
  • 17-September-2020

    English

    System governance towards improved patient safety - Key functions, approaches and pathways to implementation

    Safety governance refers to the approaches taken to minimise the risk for patient harm across an entity or system. It typically comprises steering and rule-making functions such as policies, regulations and standards. To date, governance has focused on the clinical level and the hospital setting, with limited oversight and control over safety in other parts of the health system. All 25 countries that responded to a 2019 OECD Survey of Patient Safety Governance have enacted legislation that aims to promote patient safety. These practices include external accreditation and inspections of safety processes and outcomes. Safety governance models are also moving away from punishment and shaming towards increased trust and openness. Learning from success as well as failures represents a paradigm shift in safety governance, an approach that has been increasingly adopted in OECD countries.
  • 16-September-2020

    English

    Regulatory Quality and Covid-19: Removing administrative barriers, improving regulatory delivery

    This brief analyses how countries can achieve more effective, timely and sustainable responses to the COVID-19 crisis by taking into account regulatory barriers and compliance issues.

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  • 15-September-2020

    English

    Regulation of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for the future

    Blog by Anna Pietikainen, Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance Directorate, OECD

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