International Public Sector Performance Benchmarking Study

Public Sector Performance Programme 2022 – 2025: an International Benchmarking study


The financial and economic crisis of the past decade and now the Covid-19 pandemic have tested the strength and resilience of governments, prompting a deeper reflection on how to improve public sector performance against the backdrop of austerity policy.

To find out how efficient public administrations are in the process of service delivery and where their potential to improve lies, EIPA is conducting an International Benchmarking Study 2022–2025, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands. The study is the fourth edition in a series, following earlier reports in 2004, 2012 and 2015.

The current edition 2022–2025 will analyse, evaluate and compare the performance of public services, their cost-effectiveness and efficiency in 35 countries across 10 policy areas, taking into account the relevant policy context, regulations and mechanisms that have an impact on the success or failure of public services.

The study will also look into the topic of trust and satisfaction of citizens and stakeholders towards public service delivery. The ultimate aim of the research is to provide policymakers with the opportunity to learn about good practices and the most important factors that contribute to the successful functioning of public services and a high level of achievement of policy objectives.

The research on the policy areas is divided in four sub-studies over a four-year period:

  • 2022: Public administration; education; housing; social safety.
  • 2023: Economy, infrastructure and science, technology and innovation; social security, employment, income and wealth; environmental protection and climate change.
  • 2024: Health; sports, culture and participation; 10th policy area to be agreed with the Ministry.
  • 2025: Update of the policy areas to reflect the developments that may occur in the ensuing years.

The full results of the 2022 Sub-study of the first four policy areas can be found below.

The in-depth study identifies challenges, shares the most recent advancements and analyses performances across the policy areas of Public Administration, Social Safety, Education and Housing.