Workshop on “Measuring Public Policy Effectiveness at State-level in India”

The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) organized a workshop on Measuring Public Policy Effectiveness. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Rajeev Malhotra, O.P Jindal Global University; and former IAS Officer (Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance), at the PHD Chambers of Commerce here last week.  The workshop had approximately 60 participants.

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, he added. 

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. 

About the Speaker:

Prof. Rajeev Malhotra bridges the world of academics and policy-making, A development economist and a civil servant with over 28 years of experience, he has worked with the Government of India, where until August 2012 he was Economic Adviser to the then Union Finance Minister. From 2002 to 2008, he worked at UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and prior to that at the Planning Commission, New Delhi. Over the years, he has been a consultant to several international organizations. He has expertise in macroeconomic issues in development policy; fiscal policy and budgeting; planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments; poverty estimation and human development; and human rights and development. He has led research on human rights and rights sensitive development indicators at the UN and is recognized as an international expert on that subject. He also worked on conceptual and operational framework for the right to development and human rights-based approaches. He has published widely. His most recent publications include India Public Policy Report 2014.

Date: Sat, May 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: Phd Chamber of Commerce, August Kranti Marg, Haus Khaz New, Delhi

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