New Delhi | May 2019: Public Policy has become a dominant discourse in the governance challenges of India today. Both Central and State governments churn out policies, on a variety of issues, on a regular basis now, but there is little knowledge on how to measure or estimate the effectiveness of public policy; hence, the need to design yardsticks to assess public policy effectiveness. The Indian School of Public Policy or ISPP organized a workshop on Measuring Public Policy Effectiveness at the State-level in India. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Rajeev Malhotra, O.P Jindal Global University; and former IAS Officer (Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance), on May 10, 2019, at the Ph.D. Chambers of Commerce, New Delhi.
Dr. Yugank Goyal, Member, Governing Council, the ISPP, commenced the workshop with a brief on the peripheral objective: “The Indian government is becoming a policy factory of late, for justifiable reasons, and the appropriate design of policies is becoming even more important, as much as the need to bring in fresh talent in this space; this workshop will focus on the tools to measure the effectiveness of public policies introduced, and demonstrate how it can be (and has been) done for Indian states.”
Prof. Malhotra began the workshop with an introduction to the term ‘Public Policy’. “Public Policy is about a process and an outcome associated with that process to solve social problems. Public policies are important, and, hence, their effective conceptualization and implementation are vital. The effectiveness of a policy can be seen in terms of the efficiency of resource use, desirability of outputs, outcome and impact of public action, inclusive sharing of intended benefits, and sustainability of processes and outcomes.” Case studies, facts and figures based on research, associated examples and real-life experiences helped the audience to understand the various tools associated with gauging policy effectiveness.
Post the workshop, Marmik Joshi, Academic Coordinator, the ISPP, took questions from the audience pertaining to the School and its one-year flagship programme – PGP in policy, design and management. The postgraduate programme that provides a unique focus on design and management in public policy has been launched by policymakers, industry leaders, and academicians, and blends theory with experiential learning. People like Nandan Nilekani, Arvind Panagariya, Vijay Kelkar are associated with the ISPP as patrons and advisors.