Conceptual Framework for Economic Development Policy Management

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A Quick Guide to Understanding the National Standard Indicator Framework

Technical Note

  1. Introduction

The National Standard Indicator (NSI) Framework is a four level hierarchical framework covering the Policy, Strategic, Programmatic and Operational functions of Government. Its formulation is spearheaded by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Office of the Prime Minister and National Planning Authority. The framework was officially adopted as an interim framework in May 2016 and provided a guide for the formulation of PBB programme outcomes and their associated indicators for all sectors.

  1. Background to the NSI Framework

The development of the NSI framework is motivated by Uganda’s aspiration to attain lower middle income status as articulated in the National Development Plan II and the need for:

  1. A performance measurement and management framework consistent with the international criteria for graduation of LDCs.
  2. A domesticated indicator framework for tracking Uganda’s progress against international and regional development commitments specifically the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.
  3. Alignment of administrative data gaps and MDA statistical plans under the Plan for National Statistical Development.

The NSI framework accordingly facilitates performance measurement and management across all the four levels of the development outcome chain: The Policy Level (National Outcomes); Strategic Level (Sector Outcomes); Programmatic Level (Service Outcomes) and Operational Level (Routine Outcomes)

National Standard Indicator (National) Framework

 NSI Levels

 Outcome Structure

 Mechanism Structure

 Level 1

 National Outcomes


 Level 2

 Sector Outcomes


 Level 3

 Service Outcomes


 Level 4

 Routine Outcomes

 Workplans (Operations)

     Source: EDP&RD