Performance Based Budgeting: High Expectations and Modest Achievements

Mar 17, 2021 Online No Fee
Mar 16, 2021

The adoption of performance budgeting changes the focus of budgeting, away from the management of inputs and towards the achieved results of spending. This represents a profound change in the character of the budget process, from a traditional number focused, to a more accessible and transparent process, allowing greater involvement and benefits for different stakeholders (centre of government, line ministries, parliament, citizens, NGOs, etc.). Although the extensive effort was invested, in many countries performance budgeting reforms did not meet initial expectations. However, countries still persist in their reform efforts by modifying approaches based on their positive and negative experiences gained along the way. However, the standing question is WHY countries keep investing into performance budgeting?

About this learning event

This webinar aims at showcasing the factors that can have determining impact on the success of performance-based budgeting efforts taking place in one institution and/or country. Building upon the experiences and lessons learned from Slovenia and several other OECD countries, this webinar will address the possible risks faced when introducing PPB reform while outlining prospects for mitigating them.  

In particular, the participants of this webinar will have the opportunity to examine and discuss:

  • Importance of managing expectations about the PPB reform outcomes and risks of being over-ambitious 
  • Relationship, roles and responsibilities of a ministry of finance and line ministries in it
  • Prerequisites for introducing meaningful non-financial information (policy objectives, performance indicators, IT support)
  • Improvement of transparency and public participation
  • Experiences and challenges faced in Slovenia
  • Good practices and approaches from the OECD countries.


  • Saša Jazbec, CEF Expert, former State Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Slovenia
  • Irena Drmaž, CEF Expert, Director of Budget, Ministry of Finance, Slovenia
  • Brian Finn, Senior Policy Advisor, OECD
  • Axel Mathot, Senior Policy Advisor, OECD

Who should attend

Welcome to join us at this webinar are officials from ministries of finance, line ministries and other budget beneficiaries from national and sub-national government level, who are involved in:

  • Designing the methodological and legislation framework for program and performance budgeting in their country
  • Budget negotiations, formulation, execution, monitoring, and reporting in their institution
  • Defining and monitoring of program budget classification in their institution
  • Setting, monitoring, and evaluation of policy objectives and performance indicators
  • Communicating spending/policy outcomes
  • Preparation of citizens budgets, etc.

Practical information

This webinar is free to join and there is no limitation in the number of participants per institution. Please feel free to bring this webinar to the attention of your colleagues who may find the discussion timely and useful for their work!

  • When: March 17, 2021 at 13:30 CET  Access will possible 20 minutes before the official start. The webinar will last up to 2 hours.
  • Where: From the convenience of your own computer at the CEF Online Learning Campus. Please note that in order to participate at this webinar, you need the WebEX installed to your computer. This will take only a few minutes but may require you to inform your system administrator. For all the necessary information please read the Guidelines on how to attend a webinar.  
  • Language: English. No interpretation will be provided

We recommend you to read this useful OECD publication outlining Good Practices for Performance Budgeting


This event is delivered as part of the EU-funded multi-country project “Strengthening Line Ministries’ Capacities to Assess Fiscal Implications of Structural Reforms” (FISR) implemented by the CEF. Expertise was provided by the OECD as in-kind contribution. Participation of public officials from Moldova is made possible by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic.

Funded by the European Union