A review of SHG’s Public Service Modernisation Programme (PSMP), carried out by the DFID Overseas Territories Governance Advisor, and drawing on the implementing partner (Oxford Policy Management) – has been recently completed. It also drew on regular project reporting, previous annual reviews, and planning and performance information produced by SHG.
The PSMP sought to develop the policy and institutional frameworks required to deliver a range of core public services in an efficient and effective manner. It looked at strengthening governance, effective policy making, strategic planning and performance management, as well as developing a comprehensive set of policies and processes to attract, retain, manage and develop the right human resources.
The project was rated by DFID as an overall A+
The concept of policy management was also examined by the PSMP, developing guidance materials and other support for officials and Elected Members. This has resulted in a tangible increase in the demand for evidence as part of policy making and an increased focus on the breadth and quality of statistics on St Helena.
The project made a strong contribution to the organisational capacity in SHG to manage policy and performance. The establishment of the Strategic Policy and Planning Unit (SPPU) in 2010 responded directly to a project recommendation, with the Unit’s remit expanding as experience has grown. We have seen year on year improvements in fiscal understanding and budget cycle management.
The Director of Strategic Policy and Planning, Susan O’Bey, commented: “We are all extremely pleased with the A+ marking from DFID. Although considerable further work is required in the coming months and years to build upon our success, SHG now has a much clearer understanding of what it would like to achieve and has more robust systems and central capacity to move towards this vision.”
15 July 2013