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.



Identifying success factors and challenges for policy advisory systems

This chapter takes stock of the results of the study and identifies the most important success factors and challenges for advisory bodies so that governments can reap the full benefit of their investment in policy advisory systems. Success hinges on creating a balance between ad hoc and permanent advisory bodies and ensuring a whole-of-government approach. It is also important to draw a clear line between the work of advisors and politicians and to ensure inclusiveness in the policy process. Finally, it is important to evaluate results and measure the effectiveness of the process for delivering advice.


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