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It will strive for better quality public policy

The Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) is today being transformed into the Government Strategic Analysis Center. The overarching goal of the institution under transformation is to improve the quality of public policy by better integrating analytical information and scientific knowledge into the policy-making process.

According to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, the establishment of this center reflects one of the essential provisions of the 17th Government program - to improve the quality of public administration.

“Addressing current economic and social challenges and providing better public services to the population are key priorities for this Government. The experience of leading countries in the world shows that the integration of analytical and scientific knowledge tools into the public policy-making process can make a tangible contribution to better quality public policy decisions. Therefore, by strengthening our evidence-based policy skills, we are laying the foundations for our country's progress,” says Prime Minister S. Skvernelis.

The core of the functions of the Government Strategic Analysis Center will be comprised of four main groups of activities: public policy analysis and research, strengthening the strategic impact assessment system for public policy, innovation in public policy, and developing analytical capacity for civil servants.

The Center will provide analytical support to the Government in identifying major public policy challenges, preparing suggestions for alternatives to address them, and monitoring the results of implemented policy changes. Its activities will focus on horizontal policy themes such as social welfare, demography, population knowledge and skills, science, technology and innovation, and better management. The Center will develop its activities through an interinstitutional network of competencies covering the analytical potential of other public bodies, research institutions and foreign partners.

According to Dr. Giedrius Viliūnas, Head of the Government Strategic Analysis Center, in order to improve the quality of public administration, it is important not only to strengthen the analytical capacity of the Center and other public administration institutions, but also openness of decision-makers to the information provided. “International assessments show that in many countries the sensitivity of public policy to scientific and analytical information is insufficient. Therefore, we believe that our task is not only to ensure the quality and reliability of the information we produce, but also to present it appropriately, to ensure that analytical insights do not remain in the drawers of politicians, but are used for informed policy decisions and accessible to all interested parties,” says G. Viliūnas.

According to G. Viliūnas, one of the challenges that the center will face after changing its name is the increased need for renewal of public policy-making. “Today's complex problems are often still being addressed through new legal regulation, either through traditional working groups or short-term expert teams. However, international experience shows that we can find much better and more sustainable public solutions, especially when dealing with complex issues, by integrating behavioral theories and design principles into the search for policy solutions, involving as wide range of interested parties as possible,“ says G. Viliūnas.

The center is expected to completely restructure its activities by 2021.