The Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis unit provides analysis of and insights into the performance, cost effectiveness and expenditure trends of government programmes by:
- Conducting Spending Reviews which scrutinize expenditure patterns and programme performance data, and cost the implications of legislative changes and policy choices across all spheres of government, public entities, and frontline service delivery sites
- Capacitating responsible authorities to perform their own analyses using the proven methodologies
- Analysing personnel expenditure trends for sectors including Education, Health, Justice and central administration departments using payroll and other relevant datasets, including tax and survey data.
A key element of government’s plans to improve the links between policy development and implementation is to improve the analytical depth around planning and budgeting. To help give effect to this, Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis (PEPA) unit has undertaken over 200 Spending Reviews since mid-2013. Over the past few years, PEPA unit has refined and improved its methodology for conducting Spending Reviews.
The results of these Spending Reviews have expanded departments and National Treasury’s understanding of key cost drivers and performance constraints in the delivery of services. The Spending Reviews’ findings have contributed to adjustments of programmes at an operational level. They have also helped identify instances where policy goals are underfunded and where savings might be achieved.