- System: Does the legislative and institutional framework enable public sector organisations, public officials and leaders to take responsibilities for integrity? Do leaders and managers at the highest levels demonstrate commitment to integrity and a high standard of propriety in carrying out their official duties? Is coordination between different actors across the integrity system at the central and subnational levels ensured? Is there a clear, memorable and actionable statement of public sector values that is communicated internally and externally?
- Culture: Are there measures to promote a culture of integrity in government (e.g. merit-based recruitment, training opportunities on integrity issues, awareness raising, reporting channels)? Does the public integrity system recognise the role of companies and civil society organisations in upholding and promoting a culture of integrity? Are there measures to promote a culture of integrity in society (e.g. awareness raising and education programmes, codes of conduct/responsible business conduct practices, etc.)?
- Accountability: Is there a strategic approach to risk management and assessing integrity risks? Are policies and practices for identifying, assessing and mitigating integrity risks supported by tools and methodologies and aligned with control activities? How is the coherence, objectivity and timeliness of enforcement mechanisms ensured? Are there regulations or measures in place to manage effectively conflicts of interests? Are there measures to ensure transparency and integrity and lobbying activities, and to instil transparency in the financing of political parties and electoral campaigns?
1.2 Openness and Transparency
- To optimise the benefits that an open government culture can generate, is the appropriate enabling environment in place, including institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks, human, financial and technical resources, and oversight mechanisms to ensure their implementation?
- Are policies planned and implemented in collaboration with citizens and all relevant stakeholders and are they associated with monitoring, evaluation and learning mechanisms to ensure impact? Are these frameworks being applied to regional and local governments? To the other Branches of the State?
- To what extent does the government proactively make available clear, complete, timely, reliable and relevant public sector data and information that is free of cost, available in an open and non-proprietary machine-readable format, easy to find, understand, use and reuse?
- Does the government fully capture the value of digital technologies for more open and innovative government?
- When developing inclusive stakeholder participation initiatives, is timely, accessible communication considered as integral to this process, and are innovative approaches used to ensure inclusiveness and representativeness?
1.3 Inclusiveness, Participation, Gender Equality and Diversity
- Have you identified government-wide objectives to mainstream inclusiveness across the public sector? Are these objectives supported by governance and performance strategies? Are they integrated into government-wide policy objectives and priorities?
- Is there a whole-of-government institutional framework in place, with clear roles and responsibilities assigned for the centre of government, institutions responsible for gender equality, all line ministries and agencies and oversight institutions (e.g. the Ombudsperson) – accompanied by sufficient resources, adequate capacities and coordination structures – to systematically embed and oversee the implementation of gender equality and an inclusiveness lens in decision-making?
- Is gender-disaggregated data and information – including information on intersectionality factors available and used to inform decision-making?
- Is disaggregated data and information available for vulnerable societal groups and are these resources used to inform decision-making?
- Are policies, mechanisms and tools in place to promote gender-balanced and inclusive participation in decision-making and leadership in the public sector?
1.4 Accountability and the respect for the Rule of Law
- What mechanisms are in place to ensure that public institutions hold each other to account on behalf of the people and that check and balances are respected in the country?
- What mechanisms are in place promote and protect the existence of stakeholders engagement practices, including those for citizens, CSOs and media to hold government accountable?
- Is there a systematic process for mapping legal needs and experience to understand if and how appropriate types of services are being matched to the needs of different groups of population across all regions in the country?
- Are there effective coordination and communication channels vertically (across levels of government) and horizontally (between various legal and justice services including courts) to support governance and alignment in justice services?
- Is there a data management or exchange system covering formal and non-formal legal and justice services and based on common data protocols and standards? Is this information readily available to the public?