CAF (The Common Assessment Framework) is an European instrument for organizational improvement, designed specifically for the needs of public sector organizations. European Commission recommends the Member States to implement the tool in the structures of public administration because of its serious advantages. On the one hand it is a comprehensive tool that covers various aspects of organizational mechanism of administration and contribute to quality improvement. On the other hand - it's affordable and easy model widely used in public organizations at European, national, regional and local level that requires no special financial resources at its introduction. The implementation of CAF as the first European model of quality management in public administrations began in 2000 as more than 4,000 organizations in over 50 countries / countries of the European Union and beyond / use this tool nowadays.
The development strategy of the state administration in Bulgaria 2014-2020 puts a priority focus on the widespread introduction of systems for quality management, including the European common framework for self-assessment - CAF in the Bulgarian administration as a tool for improving management efficiency ( see attached sample).
Under this priority the Institute of Public Administration in 2014 began construction of a national unit of information, training and advice on the implementation and application of the European model CAF. Formation and development of the national resource unit was supported by a project of the Institute of OPAC. In 2014 in the frames of the project was conducted training of Bulgarian team for European CAF model at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where is situated the European Resource CAF Centre. Trained experts team of IPA developed a new training program for CAF model and mechanism for its implementation in Bulgaria.
The functions of the National Resource CAF unit are: