Performance management and evaluation meets culture and politics: Australia's experience

Rob Bray, Matthew Gray, David Stanton

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    An underlying tension exists between the fundamental elements of accountability, government decision-making, performance management, evidence-based policy and the measurement of results. This article considers this through three lenses: evaluation of government policies and programs; program structures and performance indicators; and the challenges of big data. While use of new technologies and big data opens up opportunities for strengthened evidence-based policy, this does not address the tension between a disciplined results-based approach to government decision-making and the inherently political nature of these decisions. There remain also important challenges to the effective development and use of big data in government.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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