Judging Performance from Annual Reports: Review of eight agencies' annual reports


Agencies have made some notable attempts to nominate objectives and define measures of performance and report against them each year. However, the quality of the performance information varies and in most cases falls short of what is accepted as best practice. The result is diminished accountability, transparency and openness.

Agencies still have problems reporting outcomes and results and frequently regress to reporting activities and plans. Few annual reports discussed setbacks and failures (particularly in the same detail as successes) or compared performance to goals or targets. And none of the agencies benchmarked their achievements against the results of operators in other jurisdictions or the private sector.


Parliamentary reference - Report number #76 - released 29 November 2000