Regulatory policy

Workshop on the Role of Impact Assessments in Policy Making, 2 November 2011


Delegates from the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) and the Annual Meeting of Sustainable Development Experts (AMSDE) have been respectively considering the role of Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) and Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) in policy making. They welcomed the opportunity to collectively engage in discussing how to better institutionalise evidence-based decision-making processes in governments, taking into account economic, environmental and social considerations.


Background papers




Wednesday 2 November 2011

Meeting Co-Chairs: Ms. Keri Holland (USA) and Mr. Michael Presley (Canada)

Welcome Remarks:

Ms. Keri Holland (Science Policy Advisor, US Department of State), Chair, AMSDE, Mr. Michael Presley (Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Affairs Secretariat, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat), Vice-Chair, RPC and Ms. Ana Jakil (Federal Chancellery, Austria), Chair, AMSDE Steering Group on SIA.

Impact Assessment Tools and Methodologies


Different impact assessment tools and methodologies used in OECD countries take into account, economic, environmental and social considerations.


Discussion points: 

  • How can different methodologies better integrate sustainability considerations?
  • How can different impact assessments help policy-making?
  • How can these assessment systems help to identify trade-offs between policy priorities?

Impact Assessment and Institutional Arrangements

Examples of institutional arrangements of impact assessments.


Discussion points:
  • How are impact assessments being implemented in countries?
  • How are results of impact assessments used in decision making processes?

Action for the Way Forward: Overcoming Obstacles to Integrating Evidence in Policy Making

Recent findings on obstacles to reflecting impact assessment results in policy making.


Discussion points:

  • What are key obstacles in sufficiently reflecting results of impact assessments in policy making (e.g. political imperatives and timing of electoral cycles/lack of co-ordination within the government/lack of knowledge on sustainability issues) and what are options to overcome?
  • How can impact assessments foster horizontal co-ordination within governments?
  • What is the role of an “integrated” impact assessment?


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