This seminar focused on discussing how ex post law evaluation fits into the broader regulatory governance cycle, in light of the 2012 Recommendation of the OECD Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance. Laws and regulations that have been in force for some time should be evaluated to verify if they are meeting their intended objectives, if they are doing it efficiently, and if there were unintended and unanticipated impacts to be remedied. This is imperative given that the circumstances creating the need for a regulatory intervention may change over time, making it obsolete or ineffective to deal with the public policy problem at hand.
The seminar of March 2012 already concentrated on methodologies for law evaluation and institutional issues. This time the topics dealt more with positioning ex post evaluation as part of a broader regulatory governance system that takes input to amend existing regulations or create new ones. The experience with the evaluation of Law 20 413 and how its conclusions have been used by executive agencies in Chile also provided materials for discussion.
In addition, the seminar discussed budget evaluation. Since the Law Evaluation Department of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies is moving to undertake budget analysis, the seminar provided an opportunity to analyse the justification of budget evaluation, its role to upgrade efficiency in the implementation of laws, and its potential to improve performance management in executive agencies.
The Spanish version of the report Evaluating Laws and Regulations: The case of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies: La Evaluación de Leyes y Regulaciones: El Caso de la Cámara de Diputados de Chile was also launched on this occasion.