New Directions in Public Sector Management

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Public sector management in the 21st Century has undergone many changes- some drastic while  others are moderate. Some of the changes that are now sweeping across many countries are  the Integrated Results Based Management (IRBM) system and the Managing for Development  Results (MfDR) initiative. Managing for Development Results (MfDR), is a contemporary public sector management philosohpy that is here to stay. First introduced in the early years of the 21st century, MfDR is being actively supported by all major donor and development entities. This is rightly so as the MfDR philosophy helps governments and public sectors focus their attention on improving development results.

Given the growing importance of the MfDR initiative, it is also important to identify the entry points for introducing and successfully implementing the MfDR. These entry points could be through the development plans, budgeting, personnel performance, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), or through the data management and decision-support systems. In this respect, the Integrated Results Based Management (IRBM) System is an increasgingly important systems tool to design and introduce practical and effective results-based management in government. The IRBM system, first developed in the late 1990s, is now becoming more popular given its ability to cover the most important aspects of development initiatives and more importantly, to produce good results.

As of 2011, several countries have adopted the IRBM system and MfDR in various forms and degrees.  Malaysia, though RBM compliant since 1990, has also adopted the IRBM system since 2009 commencing with its medium term development plan.  In 2010, the integrated results based budgeting (RBB) and integrated monitoing and evaluation (M&E) components were commenced.  With effect from fiscal year 2013, the Malaysian public sector will be fully IRBM compliant.

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