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About the Spending Review dataset

Welcome to the OECD Database on spending review practices which contains the results of the 2020 OECD Spending Review Survey. The database provides budget practitioners, academics and civil society with an overview of spending review practices from across OECD countries.

This database is made available free of charge. However, data is protected by copyright and we kindly request that you cite the OECD as the source when using this data (2020 OECD Spending Review Database).

About this questionnaire

Three earlier surveys have already been carried out to collect data on the use of performance and results information in budgeting, covering the areas of performance budgeting, spending reviews and programme evaluation – the first was issued in 2011, the second in 2016 and the third in 2018. The results of the past surveys are contained in the OECD International Database of Performance Budgeting

The 2020 OECD Spending Review Survey focused on spending review practices with the aim of better understanding their design, implementation and remaining challenges. The content of the 2020 OECD Spending Review Database was collected using an online questionnaire and a glossary was also provided.

The 2020 dataset provides information on the following topics:

  • PART I - General Features and Leadership
  • PART II - Design and conduct phase of spending reviews
  • PART III - Implementation and Monitoring of spending review decisions
  • PART IV - Covid-19 impact on spending reviews

The 2020 database comprises 37 OECD countries as well as Costa Rica1 and Romania. Respondents were predominantly budget officials. The content of the database draws heavily upon self-reporting from governments representing the country’s own assessment of current practices and procedures. Data refer to central/federal governments and exclude the subnational level. For the purpose of standardization and consistency, the survey considered spending review practices under implementation as of 31st December 2020.

Results were presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the OECD Senior Budget Officials on Performance and Results, 23 November 2021. The OECD has conducted extensive quality control of the responses in order to ensure consistency and reliability.

Contact: the dataset is maintained by the Public Management and Budgeting (PMB) division. Please send questions or comments to:

Related Documents

• 2020 OECD Spending Review Survey
• 2020 OECD Spending Review glossary
• 2018 OECD performance budgeting questionnaire
• 2018 OECD performance budgeting glossary
• 2018 OECD performance budgeting database
• 2016 OECD performance budgeting questionnaire
• 2016 OECD performance budgeting glossary
• 2016 OECD performance budgeting survey highlights
• 2016 OECD performance budgeting database
• 2011 OECD performance budgeting database

1At the time of data collection Costa Rica was not an OECD Member.