Evaluating stakeholder engagement: Practices in OECD countries, David Sousa

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Presentation by David Sousa, Cabinet of the State Secretary for Administrative Modernization, Portugal, at the 6th Expert Meeting on Measuring Regulatory Performance: Evaluating Stakeholder Engagement in Regulatory Policy, Reporting back, Breakout Session 1, The Hague, 16-18 June 2014. Further information is available at http://www.oecd.org/gov/regulatory-policy/

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Evaluating stakeholder engagement: Practices in OECD countries, David Sousa

  1. 1. BREAKOUT SESSION 1 EVALUATING STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: PRACTICES IN OECD COUNTRIES
  2. 2. Questions 1) What are key good practices in evaluating government systems to engage with stakeholders in the regulatory policy cycle? 2) How can countries assess: – The inclusiveness of consultation? – The transparency of the consultation process? – Whether stakeholders’ views are adequately considered and integrated into the decision-making process? 3) What are key challenges in assessing the engagement with stakeholders and how can they be overcome?
  3. 3. Key good practices • Setting the goals for stakeholder engagement • Clear process requirements • Starting simple, eventually with only one piece of legislation • Considering adequacy of budget and tools (efficiency) • Independent evaluating body • Different tools, different evaluation criteria • Lessons from RIA evaluation: in depth case studies, not perception surveys
  4. 4. How to assess inclusiveness, transparency and adequate consideration of stakeholders’ views? Inclusiveness: - Complete list of stakeholders upfront (RIA) - Sweden: consulting the list across administration X Mailbox-type consultations preselects biased sample Transparency: - Bottom line of publicity X Openness vs. limited number of stakeholders with valuable information X Disclosing strategic information Consideration: • Evaluating stakeholders’ perception of the process
  5. 5. Key challenges • Output vs. outcome • How to isolate effects of public consultation • “Starting simple vs ambitious approach” • “Considering adequacy of budget and tools (efficiency)”

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