UNDP 1st Regional Training on ex-ante Policy Impact Assessment by JMBWm22


									First Regional Training on ex-ante Policy Impact
Assessment with the special focus on poverty
reduction and ensuring equal opportunities for the
vulnerable and marginalized groups

   UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre | Open Society Institute Local Government and
                                                  Public Service Reform Initiative
        Regional Training on ex-ante Policy Impact
Assessment with the special focus on poverty reduction
and ensuring equal opportunities for the vulnerable and
                 marginalized groups

The main objectives of the training:

      Advocacy for ex-ante Impact Assessment and creating demand for it,
       especially in the area of social affairs;

      Building pool of qualified individuals in ex-ante Impact Assessment
       methodologies and tools.

Duration of the training is five days from June 23rd till June 27th.

 Monday, June 23rd 2008
 08:30 – 09:00   Registration of

 09:00 – 10:30   Session 1:            The objective of session 1 is ‘breaking the
                 Introductory          ice’ through introduction of training
                 session               objectives and purpose, familiarization of
                                       training concept and methodologies, and
                                       introduction of trainers and participants
                                       among each other. Interactive approach,
                                       open communication, quality feedback and
                                       high participation of everybody is
                                       mandatory in order to take the most and
                                       the best out of five day training.

 10:30 – 10:45   Coffee Break

 10:45 – 12:15   Session 2:            The objective of session 2 is introduction
                 Policy and Impact     of Impact Assessment and other related
                 Assessment            tools and methodologies. Teams will be
                                       formed based on national issues or specific
                                       country problems (or Country case studies
                                       from Mapping of ex-ante Policy Impact
                                       Assessment Experiences and Tools in
                                       Europe). Through whole training
                                       participants will approach to that issue or
                                       problem with the knowledge extracted
                                       from the each session. Session 2 is
                                       designed to leverage understanding of the
                                       terms and apprehensions among
                                       participants and it will cover topics such
                                       as: what is policy and its definitions, policy
                                       cycle, practical use of eight-step policy
                                       cycle, how does public policy drawing up
                                       system looks like, what are the public
                                       policies tools, public policies planning
                                       model, types of the forecast methods.

                                        Session 2 will extract benefits of IA and
                                        importance of placement of the ex-ante IA
                                        in the decision-making cycle of the public
                                        policy cycle, transitional countries context
                                        for the IA, the spread of the IA and lessons
                                        for successful adoption of IA.

12:15 – 13:15    Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:45    Session 3:             The objective of Session 3 is introduction
                 Interactive            of key questions on Social Impact
                 workshop –             Assessment from the European
                 “Quizzicks”            Commission guidelines and the OECD
                                        checklist for regulatory quality. Through
                                        interactive workshop, participants will
                                        approach to selected issue or problem and
                                        practice defining a ‘real’ problem answer
                                        behind the issue.

14:45 – 15:00    Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30    Session 4:             This objective of Session 4 is introduction
                 Better Regulations     of ‘real life’ situations of compliance with
                 Agenda                 the regulations which will lead to
                                        experience of OECD countries and Better
                                        Regulations agenda: what does it really
                                        mean; why do we need such strategy and
                                        approach; what are the problems of low
                                        quality regulations; high quality public
                                        policy; improvements in policy system.

At the end of the first day, participants will be familiar with the basic concepts of
Impact Assessment, related tools and methodologies; leverage their existing and
new knowledge among themselves and even start to apply basic principles on
other issues or problems.

Tuesday, June 24th 2008
09:00 – 10:30    Session 5:             The objective of session 5 is introduction
                 Regulatory Impact      of the most comprehensive IA methodology
                 Assessment             and tool called Regulatory IA. Participants
                                        will learn more about this decision-making
                                        tool through history of RIA from
                                        Mandelkern report to the OECD checklist.
                                        Session 5 is designed to present the good
                                        governance goals of RIA, the global spread
                                        of RIA, RIAs process and structure;
                                        perception of RIA as threat and
                                        opportunity and what are crosscutting
                                        challenges as well as benefits of it.

10:30 – 10:45    Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15    Session 6:             The objective of session 6 is introduction
                 Problem definition     of problem definition, one of the most
                                        important parts of every Impact

                                       Assessment. Participants will learn more
                                       about typical failures that are constructed
                                       from poor definition of problem, a poor
                                       problem definition will be presented
                                       through case “Children pills poisoning”
                                       (vulnerable group) and tips and tricks how
                                       to avoid poor problem definition.

12:15 – 13:15    Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:45    Session 7:            The objective of session 7 is exercise on
                 Problem tree          use of problem tree approach to facilitate
                 exercise              problem definition of their national case or

14:45 – 15:00    Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30    Session 8:            The objective of session 8 is introduction
                 Alternatives to       of alternatives to legislation and to show
                 legislation           that not always legislation is needed to
                                       resolve problem. Session 8 will discuss
                                       about what are less costly alternatives that
                                       are more flexible and more effective than
                                       prescriptive legislation; how to consider
                                       whether the problem could be remedied by
                                       using existing powers, rather than by
                                       introducing new measures. Participant will
                                       test their selected issues to consider
                                       whether some alternatives should be
                                       applied or used in their cases.

At the end of second day of training, participants will be familiar with complexity
of proper problem definition and with tools that can help in facilitating problem
definition, structure and process or regulatory impact assessment, problem tree
toot and alternatives to classic over-regulatory environment. All tools will be
applied on participant’s selected issues.

Wednesday, June 25th 2008
09:00 – 10:30    Session 9:            The objective of session 9 is introduction
                 Setting the           to objective setting issues. Participants will
                 objectives            learn importance of clear understanding of
                                       what future policy is supposed to achieve;
                                       difficulty to identify possible courses of
                                       action and determination of the most
                                       suitable policy option, especially in the
                                       sectors related to social areas. Session 9
                                       will show how to properly set objectives
                                       that correspond to the problem and its
                                       root causes, how to establish objectives
                                       and how to ensure that the objectives are
                                       consistent with the government policies
                                       and strategies.

10:30 – 10:45    Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15    Session 10:           The objective of session 10 is introduction
                 Options selection     to option selection mechanisms, as a
                                       following step after proper problem
                                       definition and objective setting. Session 10
                                       will show which policy options and delivery
                                       mechanisms are most likely to achieve
                                       selected objectives; how to narrow the
                                       range by means of screening for technical
                                       and other constrains; and measuring
                                       against predefined criteria’s.

12:15 – 13:15    Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:45    Session 11:           The objective of session 11 is introduction
                 The Impacts           to impact effect, particularly to direct and
                                       indirect environmental, economic and
                                       social impacts; how they occur; who is
                                       affected and in what way. Session 11 will
                                       show how to assess the impacts in
                                       qualitative, quantitative and monetary
                                       terms (where possible and appropriate).

14:45 – 15:00    Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30    Session 12:           The objective of session 12 is introduction
                 CB & CE Analysis      to policy cost-benefit issues. Session 12
                                       will show what types of costs there are,
                                       how to quantify and measure it, as well as
                                       benefits. In addition, Standard cost model
                                       will be introduced, as most broadly used
                                       CB analysis, and based on the Hitrorez
                                       case – Croatian regulatory guillotine

At the end of third day of training, participants will have in-depth knowledge on
IA, objective setting, option selection and measuring effects especially through
realizing the cost and benefits of any policy decisions.

Thursday, June 26th 2008
09:00 – 10:30    Session 13:           The object of session 13 is introduction to
                 Data collection       data collection, one of the most important
                                       parts of any IA as it occurs several times
                                       through the IA process. Session 13 will
                                       show how to develop good data collection
                                       strategy and inventory of data sources;
                                       what are the steps in identifying data
                                       needs; what are the common data
                                       collection techniques; how to compensate
                                       if there is no enough data as well as
                                       present other means of dealing with the
                                       data uncertainty. UNDP will present case
                                       study on challenges in getting data on

10:30 – 10:45    Coffee break

10:45 – 12:15    Session 14:           The objective of session 14 is introduction
                 Comparing the         to option comparison. Session 14 will
                 options               show how to analyze the relevant impacts
                                       from the previous sessions, how to
                                       compare options considering strengths
                                       and weaknesses of each of the policy
                                       options; how to weigh-up the positive and
                                       negative impacts for each option; how to
                                       display aggregated and disaggregated
                                       results where feasible; how to present
                                       comparisons between options by area, and
                                       how to identify, where possible and
                                       appropriate, a preferred option.

12:15 – 13:15    Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:45    Session 15:           The objective of session 15 is introduction
                 Consultations         to consultation processes. Session 15 will
                                       show how to make IA transparent and
                                       evidence based informed policymaking
                                       process as series of consultations with the
                                       stakeholders. Participants will get insights
                                       on how consultation process should be
                                       organized; who should be consulted and
                                       what are the challenges and issues.

14:45 – 15:00    Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30    Session 16:           The objective of session 16 is introduction
                 Overview of           to Social IA and Poverty IA. Session 16 will
                 SIA & PIA             discuss on peace and pattern of growth
                                       that enhances the ability of poor to
                                       participate in the benefits from growth.
                                       Trainers will present the process of the ex-
                                       ante Poverty Impact Assessment and its 5
                                       modules. Participants will learn how to get
                                       evidence on the likely distributional
                                       impacts of policy interventions and other
                                       key issues that influence impacts and
                                       outcomes of their policies, programs and

At the end of fourth day of training, participants will carry on the deepening
knowledge on the whole IA process, as they will have a full IA overview; Social
and Poverty Impact Assessment and comparison of both. Most importantly,
participants will learn that IA is not reserved for experts and that the whole
purpose is to have better informed choices that everyone can understand.

Friday, June 27th 2008
09:00 – 11:00    Session 17:           The objective of session 17 is introduction
                 ToR Design & Role-    of Terms of reference design. Session 17
                 play “Hospital at     will show basics of ToR design: what is
                                       ToR, how to develop ToR, and what

                 the end of the city”   standard content of any good ToR is.
                                        Interactive exercise will be carried out
                                        including all usual stakeholders
                                        (regulators, associations, lobbyists,
                                        citizens, businesses etc.) in one country.
                                        Exercise deals with the problem of
                                        building the new city hospital at the place
                                        of existing Roma settlement.

11:00 – 11:15    Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00    Session 17:            …
                 ToR Design & Role-
                 play “Hospital at
                 the end of the city”

13:00 – 14:00    Session 18:
                 Final exam and         Objective of section 18 is wrap-up of whole
                 evaluation of          training and small test. Participants will
                 trainers.              have multiple-choice exam test that will be
                                        compiled of questions derived from each
                 Wrap-up of the         session of the whole training.

After completion of the training, it is expected from participants to have basic
knowledge on how to carry on IA and to be able to conduct one, as well as to
advocate for such systematic approach of evidence based policy making in their
own respected countries.


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