freedom from national targets presents an opportunity for the public sector


Public sector organisations should exploit the rolling back of national targets to create performance measurement systems that suit them, argues new guidance from CIPFA.

In ‘The Performance Pulse’, managers in public services are offered the latest thinking on how to design Performance Management System (PMS) specific to their organisations strategic aims.  The guidance also outlines the benefits an effective PMS can provide to organisations such as improvements in decision making, and reductions in waste.

According to the guidance, organisations wishing to remain effective need to safeguard three core elements:

  • Solid performance management regimes
  • Stable governance and accountability
  • Sound financial management and control. 

Wendy Williamson, Advisor, CIPFA Performance Improvement Network, said:
“It’s even more essential in the current circumstances for organisations to redefine how they measure and manage performance. Organisations need to generate performance information that reflects their strategic intent, and drives improvement in their operations.”

As well as giving advice on PMS for organisations when acting alone, it also provides guidance on creating systems for when working in partnership.

Wendy added:
“If organisations are wondering how to manage the gap created by the end of external inspection regimes, but want to retain the firm principles of performance management, then this guidance is a must.”

The booklet is the second in a cornerstone guidance series commissioned by the CIPFA Financial Management Panel.


Contact: Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes
CIPFA Press Office
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Notes to Editors:

  • The other titles in the CIPFA Financial Management Panel Cornerstone guidance series are: The CIPFA FM Model; Better Benchmarking; and Counting Costs.


CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.