From CAF Network
Quality (in the context of the public sector) is delivering a public service with a set of characteristics/features that meet or satisfy, in a sustainable way, the following: the specifications/requirements (law, legislation, regulation); the citizen/customer expectations; all other stakeholder expectations (political, financial, institutions, staff). The concept of quality has evolved over recent decades: Quality control is focused on the product/service, which is controlled on the basis of written specifications and standardisations. The methods for statistical quality control (sampling methods) have been developed since the 1920–30s.