IOG Public Governance Certification Program - Institute on Governance

The IOG is developing a Public Governance Certification Program built on IOG IP and products for international and domestic governments and their institutions. The IOG  Public Governance Certification Program will allow governments and their institutions to rate themselves and, if needed, improve their scores.

The IOG Program will analyze core governance areas such as:

  • The quality of an organization’s governance, using the IOG Governance Scorecard®,
  • The scale of autonomy from oversight authorities that an organization has when making decisions using the IOG Autonomy Index and Governance Continuum®
  • Distributed governance
  • The performance of the senior executive service
  • The governance of agencies, boards and commissions
  • The scope of regulation

Why good governance matters to governments

Good governance and robust public sector institutions are fundamental to citizen trust and thus social cohesion, economic investment and democratic stability. Citizens give power to governments who institute laws, policy, programs and services and are accountable for that.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) proposes five Principles of Good Governance:

  • legitimacy and voice;
  • direction and purpose;
  • effective performance;
  • accountability and transparency; and,
  • fairness and ethical behaviour.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) puts forward five government ‘trust indicators’:

  • reliability;
  • responsiveness;
  • openness/inclusiveness;
  • integrity; and,
  • fairness.

For governments, gaining a Public Governance Certificate will allow them to improve and celebrate their good governance before the public, thus building trust in their democratic institutions.

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