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.



Improving the effectiveness of policy advisory systems: Key findings

Governments face increasingly complex, dynamic and “wicked” policy challenges. This chapter presents the key findings from the research: adaptive systems are key to facilitate apt advice to answer to these challenges. Trust and transparency coupled with clear lines of responsibility and access to information are key to enable solid and evidence-based advice across topics and stages of the policy cycle. Independence is key to enable unbiased, objective advice, while inclusiveness is crucial to ensure that advice is both representative and relevant. Sufficient resources are an important factor in creating impactful advice.


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