City AM, 20 November 2015

In an article for City AM, Researcher Amy Finch argued that the government needs to find an effective way of measuring productivity in the public sector, following the launch of Reform‘s report on the topic (Towards a more productive state). Rather than measuring productivity at a sector level, she highlights the importance of measuring it across organizations within a sector:

“One hole in the chancellor’s current effort is that government departments do not measure productivity across the organisations they manage, such as across all schools or all police forces. Current figures are produced only at a sector level which, in the case of education, includes pre-school, school and further education.

A closer focus on productivity across organisations within these sectors could help unlock areas for improvement. While general reforming principles, such as better use of technology, may succeed in improving services and reducing costs, measuring productivity across different organisations will help identify the hidden potential productivity gains.”

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