Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series
Edited by Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli
Chapter 5: Compliance and delivery analysis
This chapter argues that impact assessment (IA) should be the ex ante anticipation of how the policy intervention will work in practice and therefore those involved in making it work should be consulted at the design stage, including developing the IA. Where success of the policy depends on changing behaviours, that behaviour change is encapsulated in the term ‘compliance’ and so both the policy-maker at the design stage and the regulator at the delivery stage are seeking to promote the same thing. It follows that the work done on compliance assistance in regulatory delivery should be relevant to the design of new policy interventions. Barriers to compliance found in practice are risks to the success of the policy intervention and therefore they should be anticipated and where possible reduced or removed in the design.
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