Strengthening GoJ Results Based Management (RBM) System

Results Based Performance Management in the Public Sector is an on-going, systematic approach to improving and delivering results through evidence-based decision making, continuous organizational learning, and a focus on accountability for performance through an on-going process of;

·         Establishing performance objectives for the whole of Government, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), through rigorous planning at the strategic and operational levels with targets specified at each level of the Public Sector;

·         The formulation of budgets to deliver the results specified in the planning process that supports planned national priorities;

·         Measuring and evaluating performance; collecting, analysing, reviewing, and reporting performance data at all levels of Government and the Public Sector; and

·         Using that data to drive performance improvement at all levels of Government.


Performance management is an important function of Government and very closely related to expenditure management and deficit reduction[1]. While managing or improving performance will not necessarily lead to reducing the budget deficit, performance management systems are necessary to provide the information required to identify those policies and programmes that deliver value for money and results to the wider society, as well as those which do not provide sufficient value to justify the investment of public resources. A Results Based Performance/Management System in essence facilitates the development of a performing state, “that continuously reads its environment and adjusts how and what it does in response to new information”[2].

[1] (Dilulio, Garvey and Kettl 1993, 11)

[2] The Performing State: Reflection on an Idea Whose Time Has Come but Whose Implementation Has Not, Schick 2003