Since 2006, SALAR has published ten Open Comparison-reports within the following areas:
- Health care
- Elderly care
- Comprehensive school
- Senior high school
- Safety and security
- Public health
- Business climate
- Social services
The aim of Open Comparisons
The aim is to stimulate comparisons and contribute to a greater openness concerning results and costs for the activities that are run by municipalities and county councils. The starting point is that systematic and open comparisons constitute a good way of simulating an increased efficiency and strengthening the control of the activities.
The comparisons serve to spur the ambition to obtain a better result and also show good examples of how to proceed. Publications of comparisons that are open to the public also promote a debate based more on facts and can thus contribute to reinforce the citizens' confidence in the activities.
How we work with Open Comparisons
The OC reports contain a number of relevant measures (indicators) of outcome for the activity concerned. The indicators are reported divided into result (what has the activity achieved) and indicators of resources (what resources have been used in the activity).
The "main point" of the report should be the indicators of the result that measure the citizens' utility from the activity and that are thus linked to the resources used.
Each municipality and county council is ranked according to a number of indicators, from the best value (ranking 1) to the worst value (ranking 290/21). In order to make it more pedagogical, the tables are colored in green, yellow and red.
In the publication Open comparisons – results and costs in Swedish local government the aim and process is described in more detail. The only Open comparison translated to English is the one about health care.
Open Comparisons - Results and costs in Swedish local government
Quality and Efficiency in Swedish Healtcare - Regional comparisons 2010
Quality and Efficiency in Swedish Cancer Care - regional comparisons 2011
Open Comparison Coordinator Stefan Ackerby
+46 8 452 77 28