Transparent Reporting on Government's Progress
The Manitoba government is using proven approaches to achieve the best possible quality of life for all Manitobans, and ensure that government priorities are coordinated and delivering measurable results. One of those approaches is the use of balanced scorecards.
A balanced scorecard is an effective business tool that government is using to show what it wants to achieve. It includes broad priorities and actions needed to be successful. It also includes visual updates, using colour coding to inform Manitobans about progress made in each priority area. The colour red means government is not on target. The colour yellow means government is near its target. The colour green means government is on target. These are simple, effective ways for government to let Manitobans know how much progress is being made in each priority area.
The ‘balance’ in a balanced scorecard refers to broadening traditional performance measures to not only include financial measures, but also include client, employee and internal process measures. All play a part in helping government achieve its priorities.
To achieve government’s provincial priorities and improve outcomes for Manitobans, government must align the work of public servants to focus work streams and metrics on four key areas:
By focusing on the areas noted above, balanced scorecards will help the government measure, celebrate and communicate our successes, while identifying where we have more work to do.
Published in 2018, Transforming the Manitoba Public Service: A Strategy for Action identified the vision of Manitoba’s public service, which seeks to embrace challenges and place innovation at the centre of its work to improve everyday outcomes for Manitobans.
The strategy focuses on two streams of work:
Government’s use of scorecards will support operational improvements by reinforcing the following through performance measurement: