Assessing the effectiveness of Public Institutions

Irina Cibotariu


In the literature attention is paid to public sector performance measurement. Rows written by well-known authors domain revolves around two objectives: one refers to the reduction of public budgets and increase efficiency and the second, the effectiveness of government. In light of these objectives there have been introduced in the public sector market specific mechanisms such as privatization, competition between administrations, public establishments in the division, quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations, etc. Such changes have led to the adoption of increasing number of techniques to measure and improve performance. The valuation techniques are known as performance indicators: cost-benefit analysis, efficiency as a ratio between results and costs involved, etc. They enable measuring and evaluating the performance of both public organizations and private ones. Obviously, all these changes were set in motion by strong trust in the capabilities of measuring public sector performance.

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