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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 Value of Indicator Systems for Managing Regional Development Policy

This chapter elaborates a conceptual framework for understanding how indicator systems can contribute to improving the governance of regional development policy. The first section provides a rationale for using indicator systems. It begins by describing the multi-level governance arrangements that characterise regional development policy. It explores how information gaps produce governance challenges that affect policy performance. The second section discusses the broad benefits of indicator systems. Finally, note is made of the difference between monitoring and evaluation.

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