The movement of quality is visible across European public administrations. The presented paper introduces approaches to quality management in Czech public administration, particularly with regard to the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and its municipal practice. The paper was elaborated with the support of the Czech Science Foundation (Grant no. 402/07/1486). The paper outlines selected results of the analysis of self-assessment reports produced by CAF-teams of 12 Czech municipalities (all gathered reports describe self-evaluation based on CAF 2002). In accordance with the framework of the project, the paper deals with criteria requiring the practice of measuring citizens’ satisfaction. No similar research has been carried out and published in the Czech Republic so far.
The surveyed self-evaluations of the first phase clearly indicate that CAF-teams perceived deficiencies of measurements rather than limited progress shown by gathered results. Analysis of the evidence revealed that the measuring was carried out in 8 municipalities in the second phase, but the progress could be linked only with one municipality. The level of specification of measurement practices was very low. Only three CAF-teams linked the score with more specific evidence with regard to almost each example enumerated in the methodology. Comments on evidence were not linked with results of satisfaction measurement as well as the existence of a systemic set of internal indicators in vast majority of surveyed cases. Analysis clearly shows that we cannot anticipate similar evidence given to examples which scored similarly in surveyed reports of municipalities.
|Keywords:||Public Management, Quality Management, Common Assessment Framework, Citizens’ Satisfaction Measurement|
Expert Assisstant, Department of Public Economics, Brno, Czech Republic
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