The Impact of Funding Modalities on the Performance of Indigenous Organisations

Moran, Mark, Porter, Doug and Curth-Bibb, Jodie (2016) The Impact of Funding Modalities on the Performance of Indigenous Organisations. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75 3: 359-372. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12192

Author Moran, Mark
Porter, Doug
Curth-Bibb, Jodie
Title The Impact of Funding Modalities on the Performance of Indigenous Organisations
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-8500
Publication date 2016-03-17
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8500.12192
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 75
Issue 3
Start page 359
End page 372
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Governments’ choice of funding modality can produce powerful incentives for organisations to perform in preferred ways, but it can also divert limited resources, narrow accountability, and undermine capability. Through literature review and interviews, the research explored the international literature on public finance management in developing country contexts, and compared this to case studies of Indigenous organisations. The situation in Australia was found to differ in three ways: (1) performance indicators are imposed, rather than negotiated; (2) few existing public funding modalities reward performance or provide incentives; and (3) funding arrangements do not generally require receiving organisations to be accountable to their constituents. Stability and durability of funding modalities, and clarity in functions and jurisdictional boundaries, were also found to positively influence performance. Further research is required to design new performance frameworks that build around the organisation, rather than the grant, with indicators of governance capability and downward accountability to constituents.
Keyword Governance
Indigenous organisations
Public finance management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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