Assessments/Monitoring & Evaluation

OECD Regions at Glance 2016
OECD (2016)
This publication shows how regions and cities contribute to national economic growth and well-being and updates more than 40 region-by-region indicators to assess disparities within countries and their evolution over the past 15 years. The report covers all the OECD member countries and, where data are available, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

A Comparative Overview of Local Government Systems in Selected Countries
Jamie Boex and Renata Simatupang; LPSI (2015)
This study is a comparative analysis of local government systems in six countries: Cambodia, India (Kerala), Indonesia, Mozambique, the Philippines, and Tanzania.

Assessing the Institutional Environment of Local Governments in Africa
UCLG Africa and Cities Alliance (2015)
This report on the enabling institutional environment for cities and local authorities follows up on the first edition, which was published in 2013. It updates the previous country ratings and analyses changes that took place in the institutional environment for cities and local authorities between 2012 and 2015, in particular in countries where major changes in the institutional environment for local government have occurred, notably Burkina Faso, DRC, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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Quantifying Governance: An indicator-based Approach
LSE / DfID (2015)
Based on a multivariate analysis, this paper assesses the validity and reliability of public financial management (PFM) and corruption indicators.

Fiscal Decentralization and the Efficiency of Public Service Delivery
IMF Working Paper (2015)
This paper explores the impact of fiscal decentralization on the efficiency of public service delivery. The findings indicate that fiscal decentralization can improve the efficiency of public service delivery, but only under specific conditions. First, the decentralization process requires adequate political and institutional environments. Second, a sufficient degree of expenditure decentralization seems necessary to obtain favorable outcomes. Third, decentralization of expenditure needs to be accompanied by sufficient decentralization of revenue. Absent those conditions, fiscal decentralization can worsen the efficiency of public service delivery.

How Close Is Your Government to Its People? Worldwide Indicators on Localization and Decentralization
World Bank (2012)

Estudio de la descentralización de los servicios esenciales para el caso del Paraguay
CEPAL / GIZ (2012)

Eficacia local de la cooperación europea – El caso de América latina y Perú (2007 – 2013)
Gabriel Voisin-Fradin (2012)

The Viet Nam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) 2011: Measuring Citizen´s Experience
UNDP, CECODES, VFF (2012)

Méthodologie PEFA et collectivités infranationales: quels enseignements pour l’AFD?
AfD (2012)

Governance Measurements for Conflict and Fragility: A Comparative Inventory
UNDP (2012)

Implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
UNDP (2011)

Aid Effectiveness 2005-10: Progress in Implementing the Paris Declaration
OECD (2011)

Comparative Assessment of Decentralization in Africa: Final Report and Summary of Findings
USAID (2011)

Framework for Results-Based Public Sector Management and Country Cases
Asia-Pacific Community of Practice on Managing Development Results (2011)

Measuring Results
Claire Mcloughlin and Oliver Walton (2011)

Improving Donor Support for Governance: The Case for More Rigorous Impact Evaluation
Maria Melody Garcia (2011)

An Analytical Framework for Assessing Decentralised Local Governance and the Local Public Sector
Jamie Boex and Serdar Yilmaz (2010)
This paper proposes a comparative decentralisation assessment framework which guides a rapid assessment of a country’s local public sector, including its political-administrative structures, its system of intergovernmental relations and the financing and functioning of the country’s decentralised local governments.

A Users’ Guide to Measuring Local Governance
UNDP (2009)
The Guide combines a discussion of theoretical / conceptual issues relating to local governance with a review of past and ongoing local governance assessment initiatives.

Governance Matters VIII
World Bank (2009)
Aggregate and Individual Governance Indicators 1996-2008

“Making Decentralization Work for Development: Methodology of the Local Government
Performance Measurement (LGPM) Framework”
Decentralization Support Facility Indonesia (DSF) (2008)

Assessing the Quality of Democracy – A Practical Guide
IDEA (2008)
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance has developed an alternative framework for democracy assessment that moves away from country ranking and external judgment to comprehensive assessment based on national assessment teams led by governments or civil society and academic institutions

Survey of donor approaches to governance assessment
OECD (2008)
Bilateral and multilateral development agencies have engaged intensively in assessing governance over the last decade. The survey reported here focuses on general and thematic governance assessment approaches actually used by agencies.

A Progress Report on Implementing the Paris Declaration
OECD (2008)
This report is a mid-term review of progress towards these commitments, drawing on the 2008 Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey and the Evaluation Synthesis Report among many other sources.

Decentralization in Client Countries An Evaluation of World Bank Support 1990-2007
World Bank Independent Evaluation Group  (IEG) (2008)
Decentralization shifts responsibility and accountability for the delivery of public services to subnational (state, provincial, district, or local) levels of government, aiming to help improve service delivery and local governance. Since the 1990s, the World Bank has devoted an increasing share of its financing to support its client countries’ decentralization efforts. To assess the results of such interventions, IEG reviewed Bank support for decentralization in 20 developing countries between fiscal years 1990 and 2007.

Reforming Technical Cooperation and Project Implementation Units for External Aid
the European Commission (2008)

Policy coherence for development
Frederik Haver Droeze (2008)

Joint Government of Ghana and Development Partner Decentralisation Policy Review Final Report
NCG / DEGE Consult (2007)