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About the International Performance Budgeting Database

Welcome to the OECD International Database on Performance Budgeting (2018 OECD Performance Budgeting Survey results). The database provides users with a unique resource on performance budgeting, spending review, and evaluation in OECD countries. The database maps out key stakeholders involved in generating and using performance information in budget negotiations and describes some of the main challenges faced (e.g. poor quality data, unintended consequences or impact on performance measurement and management, etc.).

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 (OECD International Database of Performance Budgeting, 2018). To help us better track use of this database, we would appreciate receiving electronic copies of any papers that cite the database (Bonifacio Agapin, Publications Coordinator).

About this questionnaire

The content of the database was collected using an online questionnaire and a glossary was also provided. The Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division of the OECD already conducted two earlier surveys on the use of performance and results information in budgeting - the first was issued in 2011 and the second in 2016

The 2018 dataset provides information on the following matters:

1. Performance Budgeting
2. Evaluation
3. Spending Review

The 2018 database comprises 34 OECD member countries1 and the data refers mostly to central/federal governments and exclude the subnational level. The content of the database draws heavily upon self-reporting from governments representing the country’s own assessment of current practices and procedures. The survey was sent to the OECD Senior Budget Officials Network on Performance and Results and respondents were predominantly senior budget officials. The OECD country responses were originally collected between January 2018 and July 2018 and preliminary results were presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Working Party of Senior Budget Officials Network on Performance and Results, 26-27 November 2018. The OECD has conducted extensive quality control of the responses in order to ensure consistency and reliability. Based on in-depth dialogue with member countries, a number of responses have been changed and are now available on line. In case of remarks or questions related to the answers in the database, please contact Axel Mathot (Network Coordinator).

The findings of the 2018 Survey provided the evidence base for the OECD report: Budgeting and Public Expenditures in OECD Countries 2019.

1Data for the United States are not available. At the time of data collection Lithuania was not an OECD member.