What do prime minister's/ president's offices do?
The centres of government are the support structure serving the highest level of the executive branch of government (presidents, prime ministers and their equivalents). They help the head of government and ministers to make good decisions by ensuring they receive evidence-informed, co-ordinated and coherent advice. They also co-ordinate the various players in the policy process, and to help ensure the quality and capability of the policy system.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in co-ordination and leadership from the centre, and has highlighted the need for better decision-making processes and tools for policymakers. The OECD is bringing together lessons learned from the pandemic and the initial recovery efforts and developing a set of measurable indicators to help support better decision making from the centre of government.
Our work on “Deciding better from the centre” has three main components:
1. Effective decision-making from the centre
Assessing the roles and functioning of centres of government. Key reports:
2. Setting government priorities
Developing good practice in setting strategic priorities. Key reports:
3. Policy co-ordination and coherence
Developing effective whole-of-government approaches for co-ordination and coherence. Key reports: