Working together with the Association of Polish Cities and Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) designed a Self-Assessment tool for local government units in Poland with intent to support them in the planning and delivery of local development strategies, with a particular focus on key areas of public governance and territorial development.
The tool was developed on the basis of an OECD Report regarding public governance and territorial development in municipalities and counties across Poland, drafted as part of the project “Better Governance, Planning and Services in Local Self-Governments in Poland”.
This universal self-assessment tool available for use by large and small Local Government Units alike was designed in collaboration with Polish Local Government Unit representatives. Prior to tool design, the OECD drafted a detailed questionnaire, visited LGUs of different sizes across Poland, held interviews with representatives of local authorities, employees of various departments and governmental agencies and multiple stakeholders, and tested the solution during workshops attended by potential users and experts.
The primary purpose of the tool is to provide assistance to individuals responsible for development at the local government level and improve the effectiveness of all activities planned, and offer support for improved efficiency in implementing local priorities and delivering better-quality services. It shows everyone where we are, and what more can be done. The Self-Assessment tool helps analyse 3 areas: reinforcing institutional development, improving service delivery, and strengthening inner governance process potential. It outlines 3 levels of institutional maturity: basic, intermediate and optimal. While simple and precise, the tool requires regular application and long-term approach. Only then will it be truly effective. In any effective self-assessment, the process is as important as its outcomes. This is why it has to involve internal and external stakeholders alike.
You are more than welcome to learn more about the tool – and apply it!