What are public integrity assessments?
We define public integrity1 assessments as those tools which aim (a) to assess the institutional framework for promoting integrity and combating corruption across the public sector, or (b) to diagnose corruption and/or corruption risks within specific government agencies and/or among public officials.
The focus of such assessments is on the broad area of public administration rather than on the delivery of public services. Nevertheless, as a cross-cutting area, public integrity assessments overlap with many other tools related to corruption in the public sector, which are covered in other topic guides. Figure 1 below describes these relationships to help make sense of this complex field and to clarify the scope of the tools covered here.
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1 Public integrity refers to “the proper use of funds, resources, assets, and powers, for the official purposes for which they are intended to be used” (OECD - Managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Sector A Toolkit). In this sense integrity can be understood as the opposite of corruption.