There is evidence that the best way to improve the management of public finances is through budget systems that are transparent, open to public engagement and scrutiny, and that have robust oversight institutions and mechanisms. Launched in 2006 by the International Budget Partnership, the Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world’s only independent, comparative, and fact-based research instrument to measure these essential aspects of governance and accountability: transparency, oversight and public participation.
A country's budget transparency score, reflected on the Open Budget Index, assesses the public's access to information on how the central government raises and spends public resources. The survey is not an opinion poll or a measure of perceptions; rather, it is based on a rigorous objective methodology subject to independent peer review. The survey results are based on a questionnaire of 228 questions that are completed by researchers typically based in the surveyed country. Each country's completed draft questionnaire is also reviewed by an anonymous independent expert, as well as a representative of the country's government.
The La Salle Institute of Governance, in partnership with Stratbase ADR Institute and the International Budget Partnership, would like to invite you to participate in the public presentation of The Open Budget Survey 2021: How did the Philippines Score? This will be held on December 1, 2022, Thursday, 10.00 – 12.00 via Zoom.