Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector

Public Sector Integrity: A Framework for Assessment


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ISBN Number: 9264010599
Publication Date: 29/11/2005
Pages: 356
Number of tables: 13
Number of graphs: 40

Public Sector Integrity: A Framework for Assessment

Citizens demand evidence of governments’ efforts and achievements in fighting corruption and promoting integrity. But assessing the effectiveness of governments’ measures poses specific challenges, in particular the definition of a thorough and objective methodology. The political sensitivity and hidden nature of corruption make this task particularly difficult.

This Assessment Framework provides policy makers and managers with a pioneering roadmap to design and organise sound assessments in specific public organisations and sectors.  It includes practical checklists, decision-making tools and options for methodologies based on good practices.

At a time when governments are increasingly required to assess pro-integrity and corruption prevention measures, this report provides a unique inventory of methods and solutions used world wide for crafting well-designed assessments. Selected case studies give more details on recent assessments in the specific country contexts of Australia, Finland, France and Korea.

Table of contents

Part I. Integrity and Corruption Prevention Measures in the Public Service: Towards and Assessment Framework
Governments in OECD countries are increasingly expected to provide evidence in order to verify policy effectiveness, give directions for policy adjustment and show progress made in their efforts to promote integrity and prevent corruption. However, assessment in this field raises specific challenges, in particular the definition of a thorough and objective methodology that supports evidence-based policy making. The generic Assessment Framework has been designed in close cooperation with leading experts in OECD countries in order to provide governments and public organisations with concrete guidance on how to assess measures for promoting integrity and preventing corruption. The Assessment Framework is a roadmap for policy makers and practitioners to help them design and conduct sound assessments in specific public organisations and sector. It identifies approaches and fundamental conditions for assessing policy and practice as well as provides checklists, decision-making tools and options for methodologies to assess integrity and corruption prevention measures based on selected good practices.

  • Step 1. Defining the Purpose: Why Assess Integrity and Corruption Prevention Measures?
  • Step 2. Selecting the Subject: What do Decision-Makers Want to Assess?
  • Step 3. Planning and Organising the Assessment: Who Will Assess?
  • Step 4. Agreeing on Methodology: How to Assess
  • Step 5. Ensuring Impact: How are Assessment Results Integrated into the Policy Cycle?

Part II. Assessment Strategies and Practices for Integrity and Anti-Corruption Measures: A Comparative Overview
Corruption prevention systems are some of the least understood and infrequently evaluated programmes in contemporary government. As effective assessment is critical to the future of integrity programmes, this comparative chapter provides an overview of methods and solutions used in countries to assess the effectiveness of their prointegrity and anti-corruption programmes. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis, but rather to review strengths and weaknesses of assessment methods and conditions for their success. This chapter also lists measures that work well, and vulnerabilities of existing prevention programmes resulting from assessment.

Part III. The Experiences of OECD Countries
Part III presents selected case studies on recent efforts of assessment in Korea, France, Australia and Finland. These case studies provide further details on actual practices, methods and tools for assessing integrity and corruption prevention measures and also explain how they fit into the specific country context.

  • Review on Assessing Effectiveness of Integrity and Anti-Corruption Measures in the Korean Public Service
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Measures to Prevent and Combat Corruption in France
  • Developing Policy Assessment Measures for Integrity and Corruption Prevention Activities: The Australian Experience
    • Case Study 1. State of the Service Reporting and "Embedding Values" Studies: - Australian Public Service Commission
    • Case Study 2. Case Handling by Ombudsman's Offices and Anti-Corruption Bodies
    • Case Study 3. Judging Effectiveness: An Australian Anti-Corruption Commission?
  • Values to be part of the Daily Job: The Finnish Experience

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