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Governing Regional Development Policy

The Use of Performance Indicators

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This report examines both the challenges and the opportunities associated with designing and using indicator systems as a tool for the governance of regional development policy. It draws on the experiences of a number of OECD countries and provides an in-depth look at the cases of Italy, the United Kingdom (England), the United States and the European Union.  It builds on previous OECD work on the governance of  regional development policy by extending lessons about contractual relations among levels of government to performance indicator systems.  

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The European Union Structural Funds

This chapter examines the European Union performance reserve during the 2000-06 programming period. It begins by placing the mechanism in the wider context of EU regional policy and the evolution of monitoring and evaluation at the EU level. It then details the design and implementation of the performance reserve, which attached monetary rewards to the achievement of targets. The case study reveals the political and technical challenges of implementing this mechanism, while also highlighting the learning effects which took place.

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