Towards a more productive state

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Crowhurst, Elizabeth; Finch, Amy; Harwich, Eleonora
Date of publication
2 November 2015
Social Policy, Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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This report outlines the limitations of measuring productivity across whole sectors, such as health and education, rather than across organisations, such as hospitals and schools. 

It argues for a more coherent approach to reform that considers outcomes, rather than outputs, as the main goal of public services.

This report recommends the following to better understand, and improve, public sector productivity:

  • Focus on organisational productivity.
  • Adherence to a value for money framework.
  • Improved methods and data collection.

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