Towards Sound Policy Implementation

The Framework assesses key determinants of successful policy implementation and underscores the importance of:

  • Strengthening the capacities and skills of public employees,
  • Strengthening digital government strategies to enable a more strategic use of government data,
  • A well-designed public procurement system, which allows to use procurement as a strategic level of policy objectives.
  • Public-private (PPPs) and public-civil partnerships, to share policy implementation functions and service delivery,
  • Agile and innovative approaches, to create feedback loops during the implementation and service delivery process,
  • A strategic approach to the implementation of the SDGs.

Monitoring policy and governance performance is essential to ensure the proper implementation of public policies. Monitoring information can feed decision-making and improve performance, helping policymakers track progress and make adjustments when necessary. Monitoring can also promote accountability to stakeholders on issues such as the use of resources, internal processes, and the outputs of a policy. The Framework highlights that:

  • OECD countries are increasingly focusing on monitoring the alignment of policies as well as their impact.
  • Monitoring the administration’s financial performance and budget execution can help governments assess the effectiveness of public spending against strategic objectives and adjust the allocation of financial resources.
  • Many OECD countries measure regulatory performance and ensure regulatory compliance works through inspections.