SAIGA's Skills Transfer & Educational Programmes STEPSTM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND REPORTING (MANAGING THE 3E’s COURSE Course Facts Background and topics covered Please also read the fact sheet of the Foundation Course of the Public Finance Management Programme (The Public Finance Management Act Course). Globally there is a trend towards public sector reform that seeks to improve service delivery in the public sector. The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), is a key instrument for facilitating the reform of financial management in the public sector in South Africa. The PFMA gives effect to various sections of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and adopts an approach to financial management that focuses on outputs and responsibilities rather than the input approach previously adopted. Performance management, which serves as a monitoring and controlling function within an organization, is strongly linked to financial management. It is within this context that performance evaluation and performance reporting and the value thereof become extremely important. The PFMA and the Treasury Regulations provide regulations in terms of performance management some of which include: The accounting officer of an institution must establish procedures for quarterly reporting to the executive authority to facilitate effective performance monitoring, evaluation and corrective action. Strategic plans must include measurable objectives and outcomes and include details of the service delivery Improvement Programme. The key performance measures and indicators will form the basis of annual reporting by the accounting officer. Accounting officers are responsible for the effective, efficient, economical and transparent use of the resources of the department, trading entity or constitutional institution. The above extractions from the PFMA and the related Treasury Regulations clearly indicate the need for performance evaluations to be able to demonstrate: the extent to which measurable objectives have been achieved; and that resources were acquired and utilized efficiently and economically It further demonstrates the need for performance reporting by way of definition of measurable objectives and regular reporting on the achievement thereof. Course objective The objective of this course is to cover both the areas of performance evaluation and performance reporting in detail, not from a theoretical perspective, but from a practical point of view. At the end of the course the participants should be able to understand the meaning of important terminology and processes and be able to apply this in their working environments to ensure compliance with the PFMA and related Treasury Regulations. Course contents General: Requirements of The Public Finance Management Act, Treasury Regulations and related legislation Why performance evaluation and reporting Benefits to stakeholders Principles and Guidelines: Measures of efficiency Indicators of effectiveness Difference between performance evaluation and reporting Important definitions and the application thereof Discussion of different international models Application in the South African context Process of performance evaluation: Generic framework Practical application by way of case study Examples of criteria/best practices to be used Process of performance reporting: Generic framework Practical application by way of case studies Participants receive detailed complimentary notes to facilitate continued learning even after the course itself has ended. Booking and cancellation policies Bookings Since only a limited number of participants can be accommodated, bookings will be handled on a first- come-first-served basis. To avoid disappointment submit your registration as soon as possible. Changes / cancellations: Tax invoices will be issued (faxed and posted) on receipt of your booking. Once a tax invoice has been  issued the department/delegate will be held liable for payment of the full course fee.  No refunds can  be made, but alternative delegates (substitutes) may attend the same course at no extra cost. All  booking changes or cancellations are charged at R1,539 (R1,350 plus 14% VAT) per delegate booking.  No cancellations or changes in booking will be accepted if not received in writing at least 5 working days  before the course. Invoices must be paid before the course starts. No certificates will be issued if  payment is outstanding. Outstanding payments incur 2% interest per month. 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