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About the Dataset on the Organisation and Functions of the Centre of Government

Welcome to the OECD Dataset on the Organisaton and Functions of the Centre of Government. This dataset contains the results of the 2013 OECD survey on the Organisation and Functions of the Centre of Government. The dataset provides information on the roles and organisation of the administrative structure at the centre of government [referred to for convenience as the “Centre of Government (CoG)] that supports the collective work of the executive and the Prime Minister or President in OECD member and partner countries. The information is used to support information exchange and policy dialogue among senior officials from the Centre of Government and supports OECD policy analysis of public governance. The survey looked at two main issues:

  • The leadership, structure, personnel, budget, and operational aspects of the Centre of Government. This includes, for example, information on human resources management, budget and internal processes.
  • The functions, powers, responsibilities and priorities of the Centre of Government. This includes information on its role relative to strategic planning, policy development and decision making, and policy implementation, as well as the relative importance of these functions, the current top priorities of the CoG, and how these have changed over time, particularly in the context of the crisis.

The information held in the database is made available free of charge. However, the data are protected by copyright and we request that you be sure to cite the OECD as the source (OECD Dataset on the Organisation and Functions of the Centre of Government). Furthermore, to help us track the impact, we would appreciate receiving electronic copies of any papers that cite the database, to be sent to the following address: CoGInfo@oecd.org

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About its questionnaire

The content of the database was collected using an online questionnaire that inlcuded a glossary. The Director’s Office of the OECD Directorate for Public Governance Territorial Development conducted this survey in 2013. The OECD country responses were collected between August and October 2013 and presented at the annual meeting of the OECD Network of Senior Officials from Centres of Government held in October 2013. Along with an OECD report that analyses the content of the database, the OECD has conducted extensive quality control of the responses in order to ensure consistency and reliability. Based on dialogue with countries, a number of responses have been changed and are now available on line.

Quantitative indicator

To download the quantitative indicator on Centre of government employment in OECD countries, which is based on this dataset, see here: OECD.Stat