Even more impressive is that CAD has taken benchmarching to a new level with their Good Government Practices Prize
. The idea is simple yet powerful: identify and reward good practices in the public sector. In 2006, its second year, the Good Goverment Practices Prize attracted over 100 applications from government agencies around Peru vying for the prize in each of 12 categories. The awards are complemented by a Good Government Congress
where practitioners talk about what works, as well as a Good Practices Manual. The award ceremony attracted over 400 people and huge media attention. Now across the country government departments are taking notice and setting their sights on winning an award next year. This is the kind of healthy competition that benchmarking can engender.