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Can IT Solve the Healthcare Information Dilemma?

By Sisir Debnath and Dibya Mishra Information asymmetry is unequal access to information for decision-making parties. This situation occurs frequently in healthcare markets. One possible way out of this conundrum would be to use technology to address informational dilemmas, say Dibya Mishra and Professor Sisir Debnath. Information technology (IT) is reinventing healthcare markets. In India, ventures such as Practo and 2nd.MD inform …

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How to Foster Innovation in Government Management Systems

Arguably, innovation is a key determinant of the competitive advantage of nations. Little wonder therefore that governments around the world want to be seen promoting innovation. However, based on my experience, government efforts in this area can be divided into two broad categories: Most of the governmental resources (money and time) are used for promoting innovation by non-government actors, and …

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Meaning of ‘Performance’ in Government Performance Management

While government performance management is in vogue, there seems to be no consensus on the meaning of the term ‘performance.’ In the name of measuring ‘performance’ of a government agency, there has been a proliferation of approaches, methods and methodologies. However, no one measurement approach is per se better than others. The right question to ask is whether the measurement …

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Participatory Transformation is the Key to Effective Administrative Reforms

Credibility of the implementers and acceptance by the intended target groups, apart from the speed of implementation itself, are critical to the success of any grassroot administrative reforms. This article examines the strategic approach underlying the District Results Framework Document (RFD), an ex-ante performance management and accountability instrument for District Collectors, and the lessons from processes & events that led …

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Minimum Government, Maximum Governance: From Rhetoric to Reality

Good governance for the 21st century is about narrowing the distance between the governor and the governed and the gap between promise and delivery. The author suggests that to take governance to the doorsteps of the poorest-of-the-poor in the remotest areas, focus should be on simplification of procedures and reduction of the levels of decision-making in the Government by leveraging …

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Building a Monitoring and Evaluation System for Better Governance: Lessons for India from other Countries

The Bharti Institute of Public Policy organised a symposium on “International Experience with Monitoring and Evaluation in Government” where former bureaucrats and experts shared best practices. A report on the recommendations and proceedings. For governments to effectively serve citizens and to cultivate public confidence they must focus on performance management and become resultsoriented along with process orientation. It is in this …

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ISB and Industry come together to develop Smart Cities Index

Indian School of Business’s (ISB) Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management conducted a two-day workshop to discuss various aspects of the Government of India’s 100 Smart Cities Plan. One of the objectives of the brainstorming at the workshop was also to pave the way for a Smart Cities Index of Indian cities. Gaurav Dubey reports on the proceedings of the …

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Economy And the New Government: The Road Ahead

Leading academics and socio-economic analysts took part in a panel discussion on the new government’s economic agenda jointly hosted by the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business in association with the Oxford University Press.  Following the National Democratic Alliance victory in the recently concluded general elections, the new government will face renewed expectations with regard to …

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