The Treasury runs a survey of external stakeholders every couple of years, and usually publishes the results on their website quite quickly. Last year, the results weren’t very good, so they delayed publishing them. In fact, it was only a few days ago, in response to an OIA request from Eric Crampton at the New Zealand Initiative, that they finally released them.
As Eric notes the results aren’t all bad, but
Among those people interacting with Treasury about its core business of economics, macroeconomics, and fiscal projection, satisfaction dropped from 70% in 2015 to 47% in 2017. The proportion of stakeholders viewing Treasury staff as well-informed dropped significantly, as did overall confidence that staff do a good job, that Treasury challenges thinking on critical issues, and that Treasury can offer insights.
Eric has been concerned for some time about The Treasury’s de-emphasis on core economics and finance skills in…
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