Assess Your Government FMIS Implementation and Identify Valuable Improvements!
Background: Earlier today, a speaker at the World Bank FMIS Community of Practice webinar suggested that there is no established benchmark for government FMIS systems.
- There is a checklist in Appendix C of this World Bank document: Ensuring Better PFM Outcomes with FMIS Investments: An Operational Guidance Note for FMIS Project Teams Designing and Implementing, with FMIS Solutions, written by Ali Hashim, Khuram Farooq, and Moritz Piatti-Fünfkirchen, in Appendix C.
- It’s an excellent resource and a good starting point for benchmarking FMIS in government.
We like the checklist but thought that a benchmark needs more granularity. Our innovation and PFM teams worked together to update the checklist, and leverage as part of our A-i3+qM methodology1 that is designed exclusively for government and public finance advisory, implementation, and sustainability services.
We extended the checklist with content from the Commonwealth Secretariat Self-Assessment Tool that has some FMIS elements. And, we developed more granular elements with a more specificity, particularly in information technology and public accounting.
The bottom line is an IFMIS benchmark consisting of:
- 20 TSA elements
- 73 Core Functionality elements
- 62 Ancillary Feature elements
- 15 Coverage & Utilization elements
- 145 Technical Aspect elements
The benchmark follows the World Bank structure with colour coding:
- Black for original World Bank content
- Red for Commonwealth Secretariat content
- Green for FreeBalance content
How does FreeBalance leverage the template available in Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel?
- Communicates the current state of any government FMIS system
- Adapts to evaluation weighting based on the country capacity context
- Integrates with other PFM reform tools that we’ve developed
How do you get a copy of the benchmark and a short briefing?
There is no charge for the benchmark and briefing
1 About the FreeBalance A-i3+qM methodology
FreeBalance uses an ISO-9001:2015 certified service methodology called A-i3+qM – accelerated, integrated, iterative, implementation-focused and quality management system that has the following characteristics:
- Government-Specific developed over 35 years of government-only projects, with emphasis on experienced teams, change management and capacity building
- Government Good Practices using problem diagnostics, and advocating legal and appropriate practices for the context
- Integrated Product & Project Methodology that accelerates delivery, enables adapting software to meet needs, and eliminates the problem of orphan code through fully commercially-supported customization
- Modern Effective Agile through staging proven scientific commercial practices that increase implementation success rates, overcome uncertainty, and improve communications
The FreeBalance professional services portfolio includes:
- (ADV) Advisory Services: Set of governance, public finance, change management, program management, and IT advisory services
- (IMP) Implementation Services: Comprehensive enterprise software and FMIS implementation service
- (SUS) Sustainability Services: Capacity building, training, change management, support & maintenance services
These services leverage over 250 tools. Some are commercial well-known tools. Some are tools developed by governments, or for governments. Most have been developed by FreeBalance over the past 3 decades of experience.