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Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
E-ISSN 2409-5095

Еlena Dobrolyubova 1, Vladimir Yuzhakov2
  • 1 Vice-Director of the Center for Public Administration Technologies, RANEPA, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.82 Vernadsky Av., 119571 Moscow, Russian Federation
  • 2 Professor, Senior Researcher, Director of the Center for Technology of Public Administration of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. 82 Vernadsky Av., 119571 Moscow, Russian Federation.

Evaluating Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Control (Supervision) Activities

2015. No. 4. P. 41–64 [issue contents]

For the past 15 years, a number of attempts have been made to optimize public inspections, reduce associated administrative barriers, and limit excessive interference with economic activities of businesses. However, the results achieved have appeared to be below initial expectations since some reforms have not been finished, some solutions have been compromised, and the classical collision of interests between inspectors and subjects of inspections has remained.

One of the key reasons for insufficient results from the past initiatives to improve control and inspection activities stems from the lack of attention and variation in the understanding of outcomes and outputs of inspection activities. Lack of such understanding leads to developing performance evaluation systems, which were not always outcome oriented.

The article presents a review of inspections performance evaluation practices and various scientific approaches to conducting such evaluations. The key finding of the paper is the need to use a system of performance indicators. Such a system should characterize effectiveness of inspections both in terms of various aspects of control activities (preventing and reducing risk levels, minimizing possible negative effects and repairing the damage done), and with a view to various levels of result (outcomes, intermediate outcomes, outputs). Evaluation of inspections efficiency calls for measuring both government and business administrative costs related to control activities. Implementation of this comprehensive approach would balance the evaluation system and contribute to better orienting inspection bodies’ activities to attain outcomes important to the public.


Dobrolyubova, E.I. & Yuzhakov, V.N. (2015). Otsenka rezultativnosti i effektivnosti kontrolno-nadzornoy deyatelnosti [Evaluating Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Control (Supervision) Activities]. Public Administration Issues, n. 4, pp. 41–64 (in Russian).

ISSN 1999-5431
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