FGV and IPECE develop tool to improve public management in Ceará
FGV’s Brazilian Institute of Economics (IBRE) and Instituto de Pesquisa e Estratégia do Ceará (IPECE) signed a consultancy agreement on October 1, 2018 for the purpose of creating a tool to measure state productivity and calculate the internal inflation of key public administration sectors in Ceará, such as healthcare, education and public safety. The document was signed by the General Director of IPECE, Flávio Ataliba, and the President of FGV, professor Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal.
The agreement is part of a project involving the Government of Ceará and the World Bank, named Project to Support Economic Growth with Reduced Inequality and Environmental Sustainability of the State of Ceará – Program for Results (PforR). The initiative aims to encourage the development of productive capacity, increasing process effectiveness and efficiency. The program also aims to leverage development by fostering partnerships and pursuing the alignment of goals and results.
Professor Flávio Ataliba claims that IBRE will provide consultancy services to Ceará under the context of PforR in two specific directions. The first is to evaluate the latest decades of productivity in Ceará and its composition among sectors, “so that we have an understanding of what drives our economy”. The second concerns the drafting of leading indicator models “that allow us to make economic forecasts and build systems to measure the costs of each department, in particular education, healthcare and public safety”.
The General Director of IPECE, an agency linked to the Department of Planning and Management (Seplag) of the State Government of Ceará, believes that it will be possible to deliver the first results of the contract to the state administration on January 1, 2019, “not to mention that IBRE’s excellence in its studies make us very sure of the results”, said professor Flávio Ataliba.
According to researcher Silvia Matos, who will be in charge of coordinating the studies, IBRE’s expertise in developing historical productivity methodologies will be fundamental to create a coincident economic indicator for Ceará, in an effort to summarize the main economic variables to try to anticipate the state’s contribution to the GDP.
“Our job is to create an indicator to improve public management. The World Bank is concerned about manager training, and its partnerships bring good cases of international practices that can be adapted to local reality”, said the Coordinator of IBRE’s Macro Bulletin.
IPECE is the agency responsible for socio-economic and geographic studies, research and information that enable the evaluation of programs and the creation of strategies and public policies for the development of Ceará. FGV’s IBRE is dedicated to producing and disseminating macroeconomic statistics and applied economic research, such as price indexes, trend surveys and business cycles. All indicators are a reference for studies and analyses of the Brazilian economy and for managers in the public and private sectors.