Policy Advisory Systems

Supporting Good Governance and Sound Public Decision Making

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Governments face increasingly complex, dynamic and ‘wicked’ challenges that require new policy solutions. To help them understand and respond to these challenges, policy makers often rely on evidence from advisory bodies operating at arms' length from government. This report provides a comparative overview and analysis of the important role played by these bodies in public consultation and decision making. It is based on a survey of policy advisory systems in 17 countries and a series of qualitative interviews. The report examines the institutional set up of such systems, and the role they play in the policy cycle. It discusses how to ensure that they contribute to open, inclusive and sound policy making.




Governments and policy makers face increasingly complex, dynamic and ‘wicked’ policy challenges that require new and fit solutions. The underlying dynamics and interactions between various challenges further exacerbates this situation, making it increasingly difficult for single government agencies or departments to solve problems on their own. A reliable and impartial knowledge infrastructure that underpins policy making with reliable evidence supports governments in solving these challenges. Policy advisory bodies are a fundamental pillar of this knowledge infrastructure and provide governments with information, facts and evidence-based analysis and advice along all phases of the policy cycle.


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