Governance comprises a network of interdependent connections between various
actors. The performance of governance institutions should be measured, both
quantitatively (efficiency, effectiveness and economy dimensions) and qualitatively
(outcomes and impact on society). Such measuring endeavours should occur
against the background of globally-accepted principles of good and outcomes-based
governance. It should further be facilitated by the design and establishment
of comprehensive monitoring and evaluation systems.
The question may be asked as to what extent the South African Government
complies with international best practices to measure the goodness of its policy,
strategy, programme and project interventions. The focus of this article is thus
to critique the system utilised by the South African Government to measure the
goodness of government (institutional perspectives) as well as the goodness of
governance (network, joined-up, societal perspectives). A macro, intermediate and
micro framework is utilised for this purpose.