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National Conference on Outcome Budgeting

National Conference on Outcome Budgeting
07th June, 2019

Key Highlights

  • Celebrating three years of Delhi’s Outcome Budget the Delhi Government recently hosted the 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 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.

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.

Celebrating three years of Delhi’s Outcome Budget the Delhi Government recently hosted the 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 DDC Delhi 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 Delhi 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.

A practice like outcome monitoring in governance is similar to clearing the arteries in a human body - it is necessary for optimal health. The 'outcome budget' is the fuel behind all major reforms of the Delhi Government - it is the paramount example of out-of-the-box leadership.

Sh. Manish Sisodia
Sh. Manish Sisodia, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi

In 2018, Delhi Government's 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 initiative for the 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 in the process of launching a pilot study on real-time monitoring of the quality of public services – covering Mohalla clinics and fair-price shops.

Sh. Jasmine Shah
Sh. Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi
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