Results of the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) survey in 2014 in the Red River Delta were discussed at a workshop held in the northern province of Bac Ninh on April 22.

This is the first of a series of eight workshops on the survey to be held across the nation by the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies (CECODES), the Centre for Research and Training of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF-CRT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this year.

PAPI is the most effective policy monitoring tool that reflects citizen experiences with central to local governments in performing their governance, public administration and public services delivery functions. It measures six dimensions, namely Participation at Local Levels, Transparency, Vertical Accountability, Control of Corruption, Public Administrative Procedures, and Public Service Delivery, alongside 22 sub-dimensions and 92 indicators.

The 2014 PAPI report represents the results of the fourth annual nationwide survey with data articulating the experience of 13,552 randomly selected citizens who are a representative sample of different demographic groups from 63 cities and provinces. The citizens were also asked to assess the State governance and public administration performance.

At the workshop, experts and researchers were briefed on the PAPI nationwide results in 2014 as well as the index of the Red River Delta provinces in comparison with previous years (2011-2014). Thai Binh and Nam Dinh both had relatively good performances.

The PAPI has helped motivate public officials and civil servants to improve public sector management and service delivery, better serve citizens and foster national development.-VNA