Directorate for Public Governance


Policy Framework on Sound Public Governance

Baseline Features of Governments that Work Well

The interconnected challenges of our times call for a coherent and multidimensional approach to public governance. The OECD Policy Framework on Sound Public Governance provides governments at all levels with an integrated diagnostic, guidance and benchmarking tool that aims to improve the quality of public governance – an objective that takes on immediate strategic importance for governments as they strive to manage the COVID-19 crisis and plan for a sustainable and inclusive recovery. The Framework builds on OECD legal instruments in the area, on lessons learned over the past decade through the OECD’s Public Governance Reviews (PGRs) and other country and sector-specific assessments. The first part shows the importance of key governance values and provides an overview of enablers of sound public governance that governments can adopt to pursue successful reforms. The second part presents an overview of management tools and policy instruments that can enhance the quality and impact of policy-making at the different stages of the policy cycle. Each chapter poses a number of strategic questions that policy-makers can use to self-assess the institutional and decision-making capacity of their governments in key public governance areas.

Published on December 22, 2020Also available in: German, French


Executive Summary
Introduction: Toward Integrated Sound Public Governance
The Values and Enablers of Sound Public Governance2 chapters available
The Values of Sound Public Governance
The Enablers of Sound Public Governance
Sound Public Governance for Policy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation3 chapters available
Toward sound problem identification, policy formulation and design
Toward sound policy implementation
Toward robust policy evaluation
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