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Kyrgyzstan Review, 10 years ago

2.2 Performance indicators

The design of the performance indicators was based on four assessment indicators that were formulated during the previous baseline study: a) legal and budget literacy of AO staff and AK deputies; b) level of citizens participation in local decision-making; c) AO relationships at the community level; and d) citizens trust and confidence in local governments and undertaken reforms.
The local governance performance indicators were developed to measure the capacity of AOs in order to develop and manage the local budgets. There were four groups of Key Performance Indicators developed:
1) Budget management
2) Citizen participation
3) Interaction with state institutions
4) Accountability and transparency
Each group corresponds to one of two project objectives given in the previous chapter and possesses a number of key indicators. The key performance indicators are consolidated from a number of specific indicators. For instance if the objective is to build the capacity of AOs to develop and maintain own budgets successfully, the key performance indicators will help to assess any particular aspect of that capacity.
The performance indicators were used to assess the activity of the WBs project in the select piloting AOs. Yet this is not the only way of using the indicators in the long-term. It is envisioned that the performance indicators could be used as a tool for other donor and government programs when assessing the performance of local governance. It is expected that apart from those involved with the present Pilot project, the potential users of the system might be the following:
- Other donors operating in the sphere of decentralization or local governance development to elaborate and expand the existing assessment categories and adjust according to their program needs;  
- National Policy Actors to use an evaluation tool to determine and understand AO performance and capacity;
- National Training Institutes - to use the indicators to better target capacity building activities;
- Field Capacity Building experts to monitor implementation of the project on a local level;
- AO leaders to monitor their own activity and performance results;
- Community and AK members to monitor the activity of the AO leaders.
The Local Governance Assessment Matrix also incorporates the necessary assessment tools and questions organized in the framework form a powerful instrument for planning similar performance assessments in the future.