An enhanced mechanism for confirming adequate quality assurance processes of the individual PEFA assessments, called ‘PEFA CHECK’, was launched in May of 2012 with the following features:
Objective: To Improve trust in Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessments through process endorsement.
In order to enhance the trust of users outside the lead agency in the quality of individual assessment reports,and address past quality concerns, the PEFA partners decided that some indication of quality be openly attached to PEFA reports. This requires that the Secretariat checks published good practices in the process of implementing a PEFA assessment (covering both the planning and implementation phases) have been used, and on that basis, issues a ‘process quality endorsement’ to be known as the ‘PEFA CHECK’. The demand for such an endorsement by users other than the lead agency will provide a specific incentive to ensure adherence to PEFA policies
Criteria for issuance of the process endorsement are:
based on the good practices agreed by the PEFA partners and published through guidance notes and similar material available on the PEFA website.
The Secretariat will formally distinguish endorsed from non-endorsed PEFA reports by:
Issuing a statement to the lead agency that the report is the end result of a PEFA assessment process that has met the six criteria and therefore qualifies for the PEFA Program’s process endorsement;
Authorizing the use of a specially designed stamp or logo on the report’s front page – while displaying on the PEFA website the exact requirements for obtaining this stamp/logo.
Prominently mark the reports that have obtained process endorsement
- on the PEFA website hyperlinks of published reports
- in the assessment database,
- on the status list of PEFA assessments (finalized).
The new mechanism was introduced as of May 1, 2012 for all assessment reports received for review by the Secretariat. A dissemination period ran from mid February to end April 2012 so that planners/managers of assessments are made aware of and able to comply with the criteria from the beginning of the assessment process. Assessments starting after April 30, 2012 are encouraged to follow the good practices and to fulfill the criteria described in the PEFA CHECK NOTE English(pdf 246.82 KB)French(pdf 410.41 KB)Spanish(pdf 306.93 KB)
PEFA CHECK will be granted by the PEFA Secretariat to all reports submitted for review and fulfilling the formal requirements set in six criteria (see www.pefa.org) relating to the quality assurance process applied during the planning and implementation phases of the assessment.
To facilitate the disclosure of the quality assurance arrangements established for each individual assessment and the PEFA CHECK endorsement, assessment leaders are invited to follow the procedure/steps described in the PEFA Secretariat “Guidance to assessment leaders on the QA mechanism (PEFA CHECK)” see links below.