Implementing and achieving effective governance in the public sector
Produced in partnership with Lisa Larsen of The Behavioural Insights Team
Implementing and achieving effective governance in the public sector

The following Public Law practice note produced in partnership with Lisa Larsen of The Behavioural Insights Team provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Implementing and achieving effective governance in the public sector
  • What does effective governance mean in the public sector?
  • Governance in the public sector vs the private sector
  • Why do we practice effective governance?
  • Key principles of effective governance
  • Effective governance in practice
  • Leadership
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities
  • Risk management
  • Performance management
  • More...

Implementing and achieving effective governance in the public sector

What does effective governance mean in the public sector?

Governance within the public sector helps ensure that a group of people in an organisation or in some form of partnership fulfils its overall purpose, achieves its intended outcomes for citizens and service users, and operates in an effective, efficient and ethical manner.

Effective governance encapsulates the successful process by which an organisation assures its identity and function, cascades its core mission, strategic plans and values into behaviours and practice across the organisation or partnership. It also ensures that all individuals are clear about roles, responsibilities and accountabilities.

There are many and varied aspects of governance and the term governance is understood differently in different contexts. However, most relate to three core questions: Who has authority? How should decisions be made? And where does the accountability ultimately lie?

This Practice Note provides an overview of the main building blocks of implementing and achieving effective governance across the public sector. It draws on a number of different publications including the International Framework: Good Governance in the Public Sector, published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

Governance in the public sector vs the private sector

Government and public services have multiple complex lines of accountabilities that go beyond the traditional hierarchical accountability system within

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