Regulatory policy

9th Conference on Measuring Regulatory Performance: Closing the regulatory cycle: effective ex post evaluation for improved policy outcomes



Lisbon, 20-21 June 2017

The 9th OECD Conference on Measuring Regulatory Performance, hosted by the Portuguese Government in Lisbon on 20-21 June 2017, brought together more than 80 participants from 22 countries to identify appropriate institutions and processes needed to close the regulatory cycle through effective ex post evaluation. The discussions highlighted the crucial role of ex post evaluation to ensure laws and regulations meet their intended objectives in practice and to make concrete recommendations for improvement.



  • Keynote speech by Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Modernization, Portugal;
  • Presentation on “Effective ex post evaluation: purpose and challenges” by Gary Banks, Chair of the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee;
  • Panel discussion on “Fostering a culture of evaluation” with participation from country delegates, experts and representatives from stakeholder groups;
  • Closed-door workshop on “Processes and institutions for effective ex post evaluation”.
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  • Ex post evaluation should support effective feedback loops by focussing on whether policy objectives have been achieved and make recommendations on how to improve existing regulatory frameworks, i.e. going beyond a "costing exercise";
  • Transparency and accountability are key in ensuring insights from evaluation are effectively taken up and used to improve existing laws and regulations;
  • Giving consideration to evaluation before adopting new regulation by setting clear objectives and identifying an appropriate methodology and needed data help create a strong link between ex ante and ex post evaluation and support evidence-based policy making throughout the cycle;
  • Guidance and training, as well as political leadership and statutory requirements may contribute to fostering a “culture of evaluation” across all levels of the administration and amongst stakeholders;
  • A mix of different approaches to evaluation, including programmed reviews, ad hoc reviews and the ongoing ‘management’ of regulations, may be required to respond to different contexts;
  • While there is no "one-size-fits-all" institutional setting for ex post evaluation, effective oversight arrangements can help set the right incentives for conducting evaluations and ensure that conflicts of interest are avoided. Policy makers could also explore potential synergy effects between the evaluations carried out by different institutions, including parliament and independent bodies;
  • The involvement of stakeholders is crucial to ensure evaluations are targeted and create meaningful insights into the real-life impact of public policies to make them more citizen-centred. 






Tobias Querbach
Junior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD

Chelsea Roberts
Committee Secretary, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD


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