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KPMG’s Global Government Services commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to produce this report on the Performance agenda: an international government survey, which indicates a number of areas where innovation is
taking place. KPMG’s view is that in each area significant benefit can be created for citizens through enhanced performance, accountability and
The report is based on the following research activities:
The Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a global survey of 254 public sector executives from five countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The respondents represented every major government department. All had management roles, and 37 percent were heads of departments, financial chiefs, directors, deputy directors or their equivalents. About half of respondents came from departments with budgets of up to US$500m, while another one-third represented departments that spend US$1bn or more per annum.
To supplement the survey results, the Economist Intelligence Unit conducted in-depth interviews with senior public sector officials from across the five countries surveyed.
Ursula Brennan, chief executive of the Office of Criminal Justice Reform, UK
Ken Cochrane, chief information officer for the Canadian Government
Tony Dean, secretary of cabinet, Government of Ontario, Canada
Dr David Dombkins, national president of the Australian Institute of Project Management
Dr Barbara Hendricks, parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
Ed Killesteyn, deputy president, Repatriation Commission Department of Veteran Affairs, Australia
Ian McPhee, auditor general of Australia Phillip Prior, chief financial officer, Department of Defence, Australia
John Thomas, acting director of construction, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, US
Sir David Varney, author of public service transformation report, UK
Ian Watmore, head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, UK
Danny Werfel, deputy controller in the Office of Management and Budget Office of Federal Financial Management, US
Wayne Wouters, secretary of the Treasury Board, Canada
The Economist Intelligence Unit wishes to thank everyone who shared their time and insights during the research.