Comparing, Explaining and Assessing Performance Management Schemes in Three Northern European Health Systems – University of Copenhagen

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20 May 2015

Comparing, Explaining and Assessing Performance Management Schemes in Three Northern European Health Systems

Comparing, Explaining and Assessing Performance Management Schemes in Three Northern European Health Systems
Performance management has become a ubiquitous steering tool in the public sector since the 1980s. This general trend can also be found within health care systems, where most countries have implemented some form of performance management scheme. Yet, the exact design and use of such systems vary, and there are important issues about the extent to which such systems can contribute to promoting important "post-NPM" objectives of integration and coordination of service.  

This research project addresses such issues by asking three main questions:

  • How are performance management schemes applied in health care sectors in Denmark, Germany and England?
  • Can institutional differences within the three health care systems explain the design choices?
  • How can we assess performance management schemes in regard to their ability to support public values in a post NPM setting?

The project is financed by The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) (2014-2016) and is conducted in collaboration with Kings Fund and Potsdam University.

Contact: Karsten Vrangbæk
Project period: 2014-2016