Using regulatory impact analysis to improve decision making in the ICT sector 2014

Regulatory impact analysis (RIA) is defined as a systematic, structured, evidence-based analysis of the prospective impacts of a proposed policy measure against possible alternatives. First launched in the US in 1981, it has been heavily promoted by international organizations such as the OECD and the World Bank in the past three decades, and has seen successful implementation in a number of developed and also developing economies. The adoption and implementation of RIA can promote the efficiency, transparency and accountability of government action. However, implementing RIA is also challenging from a procedural and methodological viewpoint, and many countries have failed to date in their attempt to successfully mainstream this procedure into their policy cycle. Table of contents Using regulatory impact analysis to improve decision making in the ICT sector Executive summary Table of contents 1 Understanding regulatory impact analysis 1.1 What is RIA and why it matters 1.2 International RIA models 2 Regulatory impact analysis: Main challenges and lessons learnt 2.1 Procedural and organizational challenges 2.2 Methodological challenges 3 Using RIA to make better decisions in the ICT sector 3.1 National experiences with RIA in the ICT sector 3.2 Examples 3.3 Concluding remarks 4 Introducing RIA in the ICT sector: A checklist for ICT regulators 4.1 Introducing RIA in the ICT sector 4.2 A checklist on how to perform individual RIAs 5 Conclusions and lessons learned

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