Quality Matters: Seeking Confidence in Evaluating, Auditing, and Performance Reporting

Quality Matters: Seeking Confidence in Evaluating, Auditing, and Performance Reporting

Hardback Comparative Policy Analysis Series

By (author) Robert Schwartz, By (author) John Mayne, Foreword by Christopher Pollitt

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  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 289 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 28mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Somerset, NJ
  • ISBN 10: 0765802562
  • ISBN 13: 9780765802569
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,624,885

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Information - regular, systematic, reliable - is the life-blood of democracy and the fuel of effective management. Surely today there is no problem with information, for this is the age of information overload. It pours onto our computer screens and out of our printers. Indeed, many governments claim, often with some justification, to be more open and transparent than ever before. But what if the life-blood is contaminated, or the fuel polluted? Then the body politic sickens and the engine of public management runs rough. It is the vital issue of the quality of the information we receive that this book addresses. Quality Matters compares approaches across different jurisdictional settings and across three different types of information evaluation. The chapters describe and analyze quality assurance in a number of countries and within a variety of international organizations. These have been selected either because they are widely considered to be leaders in evaluating information or because they have experience with assuring quality information that can instruct others. Contributors are from Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and the World Bank. They examine and analyze practices for assuring the quality of evaluation, performance auditing, and performance reporting in the face of political, organizational, and technical obstacles. A final chapter addresses the extent to which quality assurance systems become bothersome rituals or remain meaningful mechanisms to ensure quality control. This well-defined volume will be of particular interest to policymakers and adds much to the literature on program evaluation and performance auditing.

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Robert Schwartz is senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Haifa. His articles have appeared in Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory, and Journal of Public Policy, among others. John Mayne is an independent consultant, who, until recently, was at the Office of the Auditor General where he led efforts at developing practices for effective performance measurement, managing for results, and performance reporting in the government of Canada. He has authored numerous articles and edited five books in the areas of program evaluation, public administration, and performance monitoring.