RISE Working Paper 16/007 - Developing Management: An Expanded Evaluation Tool for Developing Countries


In recent years new striking evidence has emerged showing a large tail of badly managed schools and hospitals in developing countries across a number of management areas such as operations management, performance monitoring, target setting and people management. But where exactly along the process of setting their management structures are these organizations failing? This paper describes the development of a survey tool based on an existing instrument to measure management quality – the World Management Survey (WMS) – but tailored to research in the public sector of developing countries: the Development WMS. We collected detailed data from pilots in India, Mexico, and Colombia using face-to-face interviews in settings where weak management practices prevail and observe more variation in the left tail of the distribution. Using this data, we present a brief discussion of the type of data that can be collected and explored with the expanded tool, including the three activities used to systematically measure the strength of each management area in the WMS: (1) implementation, (2) usage, (3) monitoring.

* Please note this paper has been updated from the original version released in 2016.