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Agenda impact assessment framework in the Kosovo context English 6 and 7 May 2014

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Kosovo introduced a system of concept papers in March 2012, an analytical process to assist ministries in thinking through the development of policy and potential legislation, designed to inform the …

Kosovo introduced a system of concept papers in March 2012, an analytical process to assist ministries in thinking through the development of policy and potential legislation, designed to inform the drafting of laws and policy decisions. These documents cover key issues such as objectives, policy rationale, strategic linkages and fiscal impact. SIGMA’s 2013 assessment and subsequent review of policy making found that the ability within ministries to plan ahead and properly factor in implementation costs and the capacity to scrutinise draft proposals within the centre of government is challenging. This has a real impact, resulting in backlogs due to overburdening and unrealistic planning. The quality of analysis within the concept papers is of varying quality. The assessment tends to be fairly superficial, often without financial analysis or where it is undertaken, it is narrowly focused on whether the proposal was affordable within the current budgetary agreement rather than evaluating it in terms of the systemic impact, e.g. whether the proposal would impose costs on businesses. SIGMA is undertaking work with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and selected priority ministries to:
1) Provide advice on the scrutiny and quality assurance function of the OPM;
2) Assist selected ministries in the development of concept papers – leading them through the analytical process at all stages of policy development.
This work contributes directly to one of the key priorities identified within Kosovo to achieve policy development which is characterised by interministerial dialogue with other ministries and non-governmental stakeholders.


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  • 1. Zyra E Kryeministrit-Ured Premiera-Office Of The Prime Ministre 2 Rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France mailto:sigmaweb@oecd.org Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00 Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 24 13 05 www.sigmaweb.org This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OECD and its member countries or of beneficiary countries participating in the SIGMA Programme. This document and any map included herein are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area. *This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence IMPACT ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK IN THE KOSOVO* CONTEXT PROGRAMME 6 MAY 2014 09:00 -16:30 7 MAY 2014 09:00-13:00
  • 2. 2 1. Purpose Kosovo introduced a system of concept papers in March 2012, an analytical process to assist ministries in thinking through the development of policy and potential legislation, designed to inform the drafting of laws and policy decisions. These documents cover key issues such as objectives, policy rationale, strategic linkages and fiscal impact. SIGMA’s 2013 assessment and subsequent review of policy making found that the ability within ministries to plan ahead and properly factor in implementation costs and the capacity to scrutinise draft proposals within the centre of government is challenging. This has a real impact, resulting in backlogs due to overburdening and unrealistic planning. The quality of analysis within the concept papers is of varying quality. The assessment tends to be fairly superficial, often without financial analysis or where it is undertaken, it is narrowly focused on whether the proposal was affordable within the current budgetary agreement rather than evaluating it in terms of the systemic impact, e.g. whether the proposal would impose costs on businesses. SIGMA is undertaking work with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and selected priority ministries to: 1) Provide advice on the scrutiny and quality assurance function of the OPM; 2) Assist selected ministries in the development of concept papers – leading them through the analytical process at all stages of policy development. This work contributes directly to one of the key priorities identified within Kosovo to achieve policy development which is characterised by interministerial dialogue with other ministries and non-governmental stakeholders. 2. Format of the sessions The assessment of impacts of potential policy options is a key requirement for capturing the policy and administrative costs and benefits of new or amended legislation. This workshop will provide an introduction to the process and the context and drivers for adopting effective systems of analysis. It will explore the framework; process and planning of the analysis and will also introduce tools for defining the problem and setting objectives. Participants can plan the development of their concept papers.
  • 3. 3 AGENDA FOR SIGMA AND THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER IMPACT FRAMEWORK IN THE KOSOVO CONTEXT 6 MAY 2014 09:00 – 09:20 Aims of the day and introductions Rachel Holloway 09:20 – 09:40 Warm up activity Graham Grey 09:40 – 10:20 Monitoring and evaluating impact Erik Akse 10:20-10:50 Breakout session: Using analytical processes everyday Rachel Holloway 10:50 Coffee 11:10 – 11:30 Discussion 11:30 – 12:30 The Kosovo system of concept papers and explanatory notes Graham Grey 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and coffee 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout session: Applying the scrutiny process to a concept paper Rachel Holloway 14:30 – 15:45 Breakout session: MCR Concept Paper on Internally Displaced Persons Erik Akse 15:45 – 16:00 Review of the day and plan for tomorrow 16:00 End of the session
  • 4. 4 DAY TWO 7 MAY 2014 AGENDA FOR SIGMA AND THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER IMPACT FRAMEWORK IN THE KOSOVO CONTEXT 7 MAY 2014 09:00 – 09:10 Recap of yesterday and aims of the day Rachel Holloway, OECD/SIGMA 09:10 – 09:30 Warm up activity All 09:30 – 10:15 Project planning Rachel Holloway 10:15 - 11:30 Breakout session: Planning your concept paper Graham Grey 11:30 Coffee 11:50 – 12:25 Methods of evaluation including fiscal analysis Erik Akse 12:25– 12:50 Breakout session: discussion of next steps Graham Grey 12:50 – 13:00 Wrap up Rachel Holloway 13:00 End of the session

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