Exploring Public Sector Managers' Motivations in Deploying Decision Support Tools to the Street Level

Chris McIntyre
2019 Policy Quarterly  
This article explores the motivations of public sector managers in developing and deploying digital tools to support decision making at the front lines of public service delivery. Two digital decision support tools created by New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development are presented as a case study, drawing primarily on semi-structured interviews with senior managers. Results provide empirical evidence that public sector managers deploy digital tools not to curtail, but to support street-level
more » ... upport street-level bureaucrats' discretion. Managers appear to be motivated not by increased control over front-line staff, but, rather, by improving clients' experience of the system and decreasing longterm service costs.
doi:10.26686/pq.v15i1.5298 fatcat:eagjezg3s5bbne3moqccla4swm