The tightening fiscal situation in many countries has caused governments to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of existing programmes and explore options for savings. The Cornerstone team is well-positioned to support such research given our experience with policy costing, process mapping, logical frameworks, expenditure analysis, and performance monitoring and evaluation.

Working with the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) in the National Treasury (South Africa), Cornerstone has combined these different analytical approaches into a methodology for conducting Performance and Expenditure Reviews of public sector programmes. As of the end of 2016, thirty of these Reviews had been conducted, of which Cornerstone was responsible for eight. We believe the Performance and Expenditure Review methodology can be usefully applied to other countries.