Performance Evaluation in the Brazilian Public Sector

Rogerio Tadeu de Oliveira Lacerda, Leonardo Ensslin, Anna Krueger, Sandra Rolim Ensslin


The Brazilian Public Sector is being pressured by society to provide more and better services to citizens. Thus, this research is motivated by the need to provide management tools to improve the performance of public administration for better use of public resources. The research explores a constructivist methodology of performance evaluation as a tool for decision aiding in a Brazilian public organization. It highlights propositions identified in qualified literature to justify the use of constructivist approach in public management, as the need manager actively participate in the model of construction in order to expand his/her knowledge about the context and the need to recognize the uniqueness of the resources and moment instead of seeking generic models of evaluation. The development of the model itself, provided a detailed overview of the aspects understood as needed and sufficient by the decision-maker. It was able to disclosure the uniqueness of the context, the objectives of the sector and the construction of indicators for the performance evaluation of aspects understood as important to the public manager. It was observed the theoretical contributions to the area of public management knowledge, especially the key role of public manager to build evaluation models, recognition of limited rationality in decision making and uniqueness as a major element in the decision within the public administration.

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