The First Minister asked the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) to provide advice on improving the Welsh Government’s Impact Assessment (IA) processes. IAs were highlighted by officials as being in need of improvement as part of the Permanent Secretary’s ‘Reducing Complexity’ Programme. Internal work made progress, but pointed to deeper issues that needed to be addressed.
We worked with Dr Clive Grace, an independent consultant and former Deputy Auditor General for Wales, whose analysis has surfaced the structural, cultural, operational, and contextual factors that interact to create the IA ‘system’.
Dr Grace argues that there is a need for a clear, strategic approach. To this end, the report makes a series of recommendations designed to enable a more integrated approach and to reduce complexity: