This is the very first book to distill the principles of complex adaptive systems and adaptive management into practical guidance for policymakers. It describes the concept of adaptive policymaking and presents seven tools for developing such policies. Based on hundreds of interviews with people impacted by policy and research of over a dozen policy case studies, this book serves as a pragmatic guide for policymakers by elaborating on these seven tools. It is an invaluable information resource for technical policymakers and politicians, as well as for those studying politics and international relations.
Chapter 9: Formal Policy Review and Continuous Learning
Formal Policy Review and Continuous Learning
What are formal policy review and continuous learning? Regular review, even when the policy is performing well, and the use of well-designed pilots throughout the life of the policy to test assumptions related to performance, can help address emerging issues and trigger important policy adjustments.
Why are Formal Policy Review and Continuous Learning Important for Adaptive Policy?
In Chapter 3 we introduced the case example of the Crow Rate, a rate-control agreement for transporting grain produced on the Canadian Prairies by railway. This policy instrument was a fixture of western Canadian agriculture and development for almost 100 years. It was engraved into the Railway Act in 1925 and did not change for the next ...