The Future is Now: Transparency in Government Performance

The report outlines a new role for finance professionals in helping local authority leaders address key performance management challenges.

The report outlines a new role for finance professionals in helping local authority leaders address key performance management challenges.
 
An earlier research in 2014 explored current and future local government practice in 48 countries. The findings showed that in order to fulfil the demands of politicians, citizens, businesses  and other constituents within increasingly diverse urban communities, governments must simultaneously address four key areas and meet the ongoing challenge of ‘doing more with less’.
 
They must actively pursue the transformation of public services, and enable the necessary technology to support this objective, while responding to increasing public demand for government transparency. To meet these challenges, they must also contend with the difficulty of recruiting, developing and retaining talent in an increasingly competitive market. 
 
Financial, environmental and demographic challenges have continued to be a focus in the government sector since the initial research was conducted. We focus on each area of our findings individually in this subsequent series, of which ‘The Future is Now’ is the first. It focuses on transparency in government performance. The key findings revealed continuing ‘disconnects’ between internal and external stakeholders over performance issues and the demand for greater government transparency. In this series opener, we highlight new developments and challenges, and assess the future impact of growing public and stakeholder demand for clearer information on performance. The report also highlights top-rated government reporting, with a focus on key performance indicators (KPIs).
 

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