7 Jun 2019

Furthering Delhi government’s commitment to bring highest levels of transparency and accountability to public spending, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Sh. Manish Sisodia presented Delhi’s first comprehensive Outcome Budget in March 2017. With over 1900 unique indicators (output and outcome) spanning 34 departments, Outcome Budget 2017-18 was a unique exercise for any state government in India. Following this, Delhi government set yet another unique precedent by submitting a status report of Outcome Budget i.e. outputs and outcomes of governance achieved by spending public money, a day before tabling of the annual budget in March 2018.

The Delhi Government recently hosted the National Conference on Outcome Budgeting
Celebrating three years of Delhi’s Outcome Budget, Delhi Government held a National
Conference on Outcome Budgeting on 7 June 2019. The outcome budget 2019-20 was released
in the conference by the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Sh. Manish Sisodia.

The day-long conference was organized by Dialogue & Development Commission of Delhi (DDCD) and Department of Planning, GNCTD. This event was a part of the gLOCAL
Evaluation Week, coordinated by the Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR)
initiative, by World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group.

Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of GNCTD, Sh. Manish Sisodia, inaugurated the conference,
and, along with VC DDC and Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Planning, released the
Outcome Budget of Delhi for 2019-20.

Leading experts in the area of governance, monitoring & evaluation, internal and external to the government, attended the conference, including representatives from NITI Aayog, Government of Rajasthan, JPAL South Asia, IFMR and Centre for Civil Society. The discourse encompassed deliberations on Delhi’s experience with Outcome Budgeting, role of evaluations in improving public service delivery and designing better evaluations.

Speaking on the trajectory of Delhi’s experience with outcome budgeting and stressing on the
need for the same at the national level, VC DDC, Mr. Jasmine Shah stated, “In 2018, Delhi
Governments first outcome budget report was released, measuring 1900 indicators. Today, we measure close to 3000 indicators using a Theory of Change Approach. Delhi’s outcome budget is a suo-moto disclosure of information and data and is our top most initiative for promotion of transparency and accountability in governance. A national level conversation and citizen engagement on the data published is required.” In line with the efforts to base budgets on outputs and outcomes, DDC is currently under in the process of launching a pilot study on real time monitoring of quality of public services – covering Mohalla clinics and fair price shops.

Developed post international benchmarking, the approach used by the Delhi Government to link  budgeting with performance, has enabled efficient governance. In his opening remarks, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister stated, “A practice like outcome monitoring in governance is similar to clearing the arteries in a human body - it is necessary for optimal health. Outcome budget is the fuel behind all major reforms of the Delhi Government - it is the paramount example of out of the box leadership.”