7.INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON IN POLICY MAKING TOOLKIT

(Government’s Centre for Management and Policy Studies (CMPS), 2002)

 

WHAT IS IT?

p    A toolkit for ‘Modernizing Government’s Whitepaper’ to become more forward and outward looking

p    Learning lessons from other countries and integrating international dimensions into policymaking to ‘expand horizons’.

p    To provide practical help and guidance to policymakers in the use of international comparison in policymaking

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

p    To use international comparisons that provide what work and what doesn’t in practice reveal new mechanisms for implementing policy and improving the delivery of public services.

p    Policymakers can also learn from the way in which other governments undertake the process of policymaking.

 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?

p    While searching for international comparisons for ideas and values we have to look not only into national governments, but also at sub-national, regional, local, businesses and not for profit organizations working with governments.

 

p    To identify existing sources of information, expertise and institutional memory, social sciences, researchers, economists, statisticians, scientists and librarians in their organizations.

 

WHEN SHOULD IT BE USED?

p    To cultivate networks of contacts in other administrations and international organizations and in academic research community.

p    To make aware of current practice and relevant developments in other countries, to be able to incorporate comparative information into your analysis and advice as a matter of routine.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

p    The toolkit highlights

 

n     Policymakers to scan the horizons for interesting approaches and innovative development

n     To select one or more promising comparators for closer systematic examination

n     To understand how the comparators work in practice

n     The CMPS International Comparisons Workbook provides practical help to explore the critical factors in social, economic, cultural and institutional environment

n     To analyze the relevance of the comparator

n     To establish the possible lessons from case studies

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