Government Performance Management

Government Performance Management

Empowers governments to improve results and outcomes

Government Performance Management Overview


(GPM) Government Performance Management empowers governments to achieve better results through access to data and metrics. The ability to tie performance directly to budgeting allows for improved outcomes for public sector departments. Features include:

Accountability

Performance Budgeting

Supports credible budgets, forecasting and improved performance including budget preparation, performance management and a Key Performance Indicator library.

Designed for Government

Monitoring and Evaluation

Supports improved decision making including records management, reporting, a data mart, dashboard and alerts.

Government Transparency

Government Transparency

Supports publishing performance and budget information to a transparency portal and computer-aided audit.

Modules


(GPM) Government Performance Management is one of the six core product pillars within the FreeBalance Accountability Suite™ and is composed of a number of modules that can be implemented individually or as part of a unified solution. The GPM pillar empowers governments to improve results and outcomes.

  • (GPBB) Budget Book Builder
    Automates the collection of budget planning and historical data.

  • (GPPB) Government Performance Budgeting
    Multiple year budget formulation, forecasting, version control and scenario planning for budget preparation.

  • (GPPM) Government Performance Management
    Provides proper management of the physical execution of the budget and monitor each target result.

  • (GPCE) President/Prime Minister Dashboard
    The dashboard provides executive scorecards that can be used for deeper analysis.

  • (GPMD) Minister’s Dashboard
    Using transactions undergone by a specific ministry, the dashboard gives scorecards that can be used interactively for deeper analysis.

  • (GPMG) Manager’s Dashboard
    Another business intelligence tool to support the decision-making process. The dashboard provides interactive executive scorecards that can be used for deeper analysis.

  • (GPMA) Management Alerts
    Gives the user information related to actions or processes performed.

  • (GPDM) FreeBalance Datamart
    This feature organizes data so that it can be leveraged by the dashboards and OLAP tools.

  • (GPER) eResults Portal
    Allows governments to publish performance information in real-time, including all relevant information that’s updated from the GRP.

  • (GPPR) Government Portal
    This portal allows governments to publicly conduct surveys, publish news, documents and legal content, as well as showcase institutional events.

  • (GPTP) Transparency Portal
    Helps enhance government transparency and builds trust by allowing the public to have sight of published information related to fiscal budget execution and public sector performance.

  • (GPCT) Court Case Tracking
    Automatically records and manages legal cases and the relevant supporting attachments.

  • (GPCR) Customized Reporting
    Creates customized data reports on public sector performance with data access security.

What is Government Performance Management?

In the private sector the concept of performance management is well understood. However, governments are not profit driven and therefore the measures used to enhance corporate performance are not relevant in the public sector.

Challenges for government performance management include:

  • Governments run more “lines of business” than any business
  • Budgets must be tied to performance because governments run commitment accounting
  • Cascading complex objectives through Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and divisions to individual public servants is complex because there are so many staff members
What is Government Performance Management?

Government Performance Management Starts with the Budget

Demonstrating public sector performance requires more than putting together a website. Government financial and performance management begins with the budget. Budgets are guidelines in the private sector. In government – it’s the law. Government budgets encapsulate policy, economics and objectives and results need to be traced back to objectives in the budget. This enables improved spending to achieve better results.

Government performance management is not something that can be sustained by using stand-alone software. Or software designed for the private sector. A unified approach across the budget cycle is required. This consists of transparency, back-office and metadata layers that need to be more than integrated and tightly unified to ensure proper controls and full automation.

Government performance is not just about tracking results at the end of the fiscal year. Government leaders need day-to-day access to performance information. This requires the same integration across the budget cycle used for effective transparency.

What are the Benefits of Government Performance Management?


Some of the benefits of a unified Government Performance Management solution such as the FreeBalance Accountability Suite™ include:

  • Budget Preparation
    Creates top-down and bottom-up budgets

  • Collaborative Planning
    Organization plans, approvals and performance analysis

  • Budget Execution and Forecasting
    Provides input, output and outcome performance metrics tied to government mandates

  • Public Accounting and Budgetary Classification
    Classifies accounting and budget categories for budget analysis and reporting

  • Aid Management
    Links external aid partners and supports the integration of ‘off-budget’ information

  • Performance Improvement and Linkage
    Recommends improvements based on changing priorities or performance metrics

  • Performance Metrics and Measurement
    Develops performance metrics to track government and departmental mandates and goals

Additional Reading

How to Design a Financial Management Information System We would like to extend concepts introduced in the paper through the lens of enterprise software technology and implementation practices with a few recommendations. Read More
Rethinking Public Financial Management Many PFM interventions are thought to be of a "technical" nature. Technology is acquired, legal frameworks changed, capacity built and all sorts of positive outcome ensue. Read More
Government Performance: Lessons Learned Integration is more than a decision-making necessity. Separate information systems lead to controls inconsistency. Some software used in government does not support budgets or commitments. Read More

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