European CAF Resource Centre

About European CAF Resource Center

Our CAF Resource Centre operates in a spirit of open coordination between the members of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) and practises common European public sector values: openness, accountability, participation, diversity, equality, solidarity, collaboration and partnership.

Our mission statement is:

  • to be a centre of expertise in CAF implementation promoting the CAF and good practice in its use in public administrations in Europe;
  • to act as a complement to, and in coordination with, the existing national centres of expertise, and with a focus on countries without a national centre of expertise;
  • to be a training and consultancy centre;
  • to carry out research on the use of the model and further develop it;
  • to support and stimulate the European network of national CAF contacts and the community of CAF users;
  • to maintain the CAF database for registered users and good practices.

European CAF Resource Center was created in the year 2000 at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, following the decision of the Directors’ General in charge of public service. The center works in close cooperation with the network of CAF national correspondents, who are the nominated persons to represent their country in the official CAF network.

Meet all the current CAF national correspondents in an overview below.

What we do?

We develop capacity building seminars to implement CAF model in a harmonised and consistent manner in different countries.

We host the European database of CAF users.

We debate in lively conversations with CAF experts and share best practices from experience.

We publish a quarterly newsletter “CAF SPEAKUP” to keep our network updated about our activities.

We gather best practices across CAF users to foster mutual learning and share experience.

CAF News

CAF events

We regularly have events and web panels featuring CAF users, experts and national correspondents. Sign up and join our discussions!

Interested to participate in our events? Would you like to propose a topic for discussion? Please contact us

What is CAF?

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a unique management tool for self-assessment and performance evaluation for public sector organisations. CAF is the result of close cooperation between EU ministers responsible for Public Administration, the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) and EIPA. It is considered the European quality tool for good governance and excellence in the public sector, with a focus on digitalisation, agility, sustainability, diversity and innovation.

CAF is an easy-to-use and free tool to assist organisations across Europe in applying quality management techniques to improve their performance. It is a Total Quality Management (TQM) tool which is inspired by the major Total Quality models in general, and by the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in particular. It is especially designed by and for public-sector organisations, considering their characteristics.

The model is based on the premise that excellence in organisational performance for citizens, customers, people and society is achieved through leadership that drives strategy and planning, people, partnerships, resources and processes. It looks at the organisation from different perspectives at the same time; a holistic approach to analysing organisational performance.

Are you interested to become a CAF user? Register below to be included in the European CAF databse.

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