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Public Sector Financial Management

We research, lecture and provide consulting services in the field of public financial management and, in doing so, are committed to the active transfer of knowledge into practice. Our mission is to seek innovative and academically profound solutions to current challenges in the financial management of government, administrative, and not-for-profit organizations with the aim of increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in dealing with public finances and donations.

Latest Activities

Public Sector Accounting - Online PhD Spring School

10 - 12 May 2021

20 years IPSAS implementation: What have we learned?

Jurisdictions around the world have been reforming their PFM systems while the implementation of IPSAS remains at the heart of many reform endeavors. But what are the costs and benefits of IPSAS reforms? And do such reforms lead to increased transparency, accountability or better-informed decision-making to effectively address current problems? Furthermore, what are the achievements and challenges of standard-setting in public sector?

We have invited leading scholars in this field as well as the chair of IPSASB, who will provide insights into the most relevant theories and approaches. PhD students are invited to present their scientific papers and research ideas.

For further information please visit PhD Spring School 2021

PEFA study in the field of "Green Public Procurement

Recently we won the PEFA Secretariat's international research competition 2020 on "The Interplay of Climate Change and Public Financial Management". We will investigate the potential of environmentally sustainable public procurement to reduce greenhouse gases and which PFM "enablers" are necessary to effectively implement greening of public procurement.  

Projects in the field of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) within the framework of international development cooperation

We were allowed to carry out projects for various national and international partners in the field of impact assessment within the framework of international development cooperation (IC) with the aim of designing efficient, sustainable and effective project interventions and supporting local partners in their autonomy. You can find more information here (PDF 611,3 KB)

International study on public accounting

In cooperation with the World Bank, the Institute for Public Management (IVM) has prepared a detailed study which analyzes the Public Sector Accounting (PSA) environment of the thirteen beneficiary countries of the World Bank’s PULSAR program from the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries. Click here for the report (PDF 3,6 MB)

Research and Expertise

In our research, we examine ways to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the financial management of governments, administrations, and not-for-profit organizations. The focus is on their practical needs and how to meet them by means of academically based approaches and concepts. Research areas include, in particular:

References

We have helped over 100 government, administrative, and not-for-profit organizations in more than 30 countries increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in managing public finances and donations. Thanks to our broad national and international network combined with independent research into innovative concepts and approaches, we ensure that our project partners receive practical and scientifically based solutions that reflect current understanding.

Here you will find an overview of selected projects for various clients in Switzerland and internationally:

Swiss Projects

International Projects

Partners

We have a broad national and international network of reliable and experienced partners in the field of public financial management and development cooperation. In particular, we maintain strategic partnerships with:

Team

Our team, from left to right

Ressources & Publications

Our current publications

Fuchs, S., Mertes, A., Ramsden, A., Rey, A. (2020). Öffentliche Planungs- und Steuerungssysteme für das 21. Jahrhundert. Swiss Yearbook of Administrative Sciences, 11(1), pp. 171–183. You can find this publication here.

Grafl, A., Schuler, C., Fuchs, S., Bergmann, A., Horni, P., Warzecha, I., Boyce, D. (2020). Stocktaking of public sector accounting and reporting environment in PULSAR beneficiary countries. World Bank Group. You can find this publication here (PDF 3,6 MB).

Bergmann, A., Wermuth, M., Fuchs, S. (2020). Umsetzung und Überprüfung der IPSAS-Ertragsstandards: Neuerungen im Bereich IFRS werden berücksichtigt, vor allem IFRS 15. Expert Focus, 2020(1-2), S. 17-19. You can find this publication here.

Bergmann, A., Fuchs, S., & Schuler, C. (2019). A theoretical basis for public sector accrual accounting research: Current state and perspectives. Public Money & Management, 39(8), 560–570. You can find this publication here.

Betz, R., Geissmann, T., Hediger, W., Herter, M., Schillinger, M., Schuler, C., & Weigt, H. (2019). The Future of Swiss Hydropower: Distributional Effects of Water Fee Reform Options. You can find this publication here (PDF 1,8 MB).

Bergmann, A., Augustin, L. & Fuchs, S. (2019). Bilanzorientierte Haushaltssteuerung. Expert Focus, 2019(5), 396–399. You can find this publication here.

Fuchs, S. & Grafl, A. I. (2019). Die dunkle Seite des Mondes: Was steht den Staatschulden gegenüber? You can find this publication here.

Fuchs, S. & Seiwald, J. (2018). Accountants und Ökonomen: Einzel- oder Paartanz? You can find this publication here.

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