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The survey measures the structure and behaviour of the public service across 159 countries through the assessment of 1,294 unpaid experts from a pool of 7,096, typically PhD-level academics, across 71 substantive topics. There was an additional new focus on corruption and transparency in this round.
Quality of Government aggregate their data into three key performance indicators: Impartiality, Professionalism and Closedness.
The New Zealand public service was ranked the most professional, the second most impartial after Sweden, and the least closed of all nations.
The report is very detailed, and has introduced new measures to more closely determine quantitative measures for differences in governance among nations. They examine, for instance, whether public sector employees risk severe negative consequences for passing on information about abuses of public power to the media.
This is a proud achievement for New Zealand public servants, and is a testament to our nation's ongoing commitment to high standards, for the benefit of all New Zealanders and the nations we interact with.