Develop standards for public consultation on policy initiatives

The IRM researcher recommends the NZ government co-create, adopt, and implement government policy to set out minimum standards for public consultation on policy initiatives and changes to service delivery. This policy should draw on international standards as articulated by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

The next action plan should set a strategic goal to raise its IAP2 level from the present ‘involve’ or ‘consult’ to ‘collaborate’. This could be fully realised over the third and fourth action plans.

The 2018-2020 action plan could include milestones to:

  • trial new approaches to public engagement in policy making, linking the current commitments 1, 5, and 7. This would move beyond the internal focus of commitment 7; look to developing the next OGP Action Plan (commitment 5); and progress realising the vision for commitment 1 (open participatory budgeting). It could bring together the currently somewhat unconnected OGP activities involving the three central agencies (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the State Services Commission, and the Treasury) and the Department of Internal Affairs;

  • review NZ and international experience in direct public engagement in public policy design and implementation (including the innovative use of new ICT tools to facilitate two-way interactions and deliberation).

 

Why the contribution is important

The previous IRM researcher recommended that the NZ government ‘create a set of robust and government-wide practices in collaboration with civil society concerning timely consultation on new bills, regulation, and policy’. This recommendation was not addressed, nor was it integrated into the current action plan.

by NAP2_IRM on April 19, 2018 at 11:54AM

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