Besides infrastructure creation and production such as those for schools, roads, hospitals, agriculture and livestock products, etc., public service delivery also involves administering a wide array of softer services related to permits, clearances, census, registration, renewals, amongst others. These services, often referred to as the Commonly Availed Services (CAS), provide citizens with an interface to interact with public sector organizations, placing its delivery channels and service outcomes as vital avenues for building trust in the government. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that interactions at designated service centres are as efficient and effective as possible to improve service delivery.
Conventionally, the relationship between service providers and citizens is unidirectional and linear in nature, wherein public agencies act solely as ‘providers’ and citizens simply as ‘receivers’, perhaps resulting in a four-decades-old provider-controlled service delivery system. To reposition the role of providers and citizens into a two-way constructive process, the Royal Civil Service Commission under the Public Service Delivery (PSD) initiative embarked on the journey to improve public service delivery by engaging citizens in its monitoring and assessment process. In doing so, in 2021 RCSC has co-designed a Service Evaluation (ServE) Tool to use the feedback and insights gathered from service users to further enhance service delivery.
About ServE Tool
ServE Tool aims to provide a web-based platform for citizens to rate the quality of service delivery. It has two main objectives:
- 1. Engage service users in improving the service delivery through the provision of feedback
- 2. Enable a near real-time feedback collection and dashboard generation
ServE Tool comprises of three feedback channels:
1. Take an open survey: This survey is based on the ServE Tool questionnaire and is open for any service user who would like to share their experiences with regard to the quality of service delivery.
There is also a targeted survey. For you to be part of the targeted survey, you would firstly have to avail a service and secondly be selected by the system as one of the randomly selected respondents. Once you are selected as a sample respondent, ServE Tool will facilitate collection of near-real-time data by nudging service users through:
- SMS survey: You will receive an SMS notification that will link you up with the online ServE Tool questionnaire. Please, take some time to rate the service in case this happens. OR
- CATI survey: An interviewer will be reaching out to you and will carry out Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) using the ServE Tool questionnaire to gather your experience with regard to the service quality.
2. Share feedback: This is an open ended channel for any citizen to provide specific feedback on the service availed. Both positive and negative feedback are encouraged.
3. Take a poll: This is an open access poll for citizens to share their perceptions and insights on various matters related to service delivery quality.
The ServE Tool questionnaire captures 10 indicators that are categorised under the following five parameters:
The survey is based on a structured questionnaire capturing 10 indicators categorised under the following five parameters
Each of the 10 indicators run on a 5 point Likert scale with 1 representing the lowest possible score and 5 as the highest possible score.
The ratings collected based on the 10 indicators will be aggregated into a composite score to indicate an overall satisfaction level of a specific service provided by a specific agency. The data collected on the platform will allow relevant agencies to access real-time analytics and dashboards for effective and informed decision-making.