How can we support the reduction of inefficiencies in public sector management?

Rapid Assessments and Action Plans (RAAP)

What is it and how can it help? 

The purpose of RAAPs is to identify and remove any obstacle created by inefficient public management functions while supporting the delivery of services. It provides a quick, broad understanding of how key areas of public management are fulfilling their objectives, obstacles, and strength of institutional arrangements and to develop plans to rapidly improve capacity.

The RAAP questionnaires cover the following areas: (1) development and investment planning, (2) fiscal sustainability, (3) tax administration, (4) public expenditure management, (5) information systems, (6) public procurement, (7) assets management, (8) quality control, (9) human resource management, (10) legal claims management, and (11) governance arrangements.

When does it work best? 
  • RAAPs are most effective when quality information is available and can be easily collected.
How do I use it? 
  • Users work through the Questionnaire to assess and characterize the desired outcomes and offer suggested areas for improvement.
  • Users use the RAAP to identify weaknesses in those arrangements accounting for delivery failures
  • RAAP costs depends heavily on two variables: (i) the scope of the RAAP & number of management areas to be included in the assessment, and (ii) travel costs.
Where has it been used? 
  • RAAPs were developed and piloted in Colombia (in the municipalities of Cartagena and Barranquilla)
  • Municipality of Barranquilla and¬†Municipality of Cartagena, Colombia (pilots); Municipality of Lima (Peru), Regional Government of Valle del Cauca (Colombia), Municipality of Cali (Colombia), State Government of Oaxaca (Mexico), Provincial Government of Mendoza (Argentina), Regional Government of Lambayeque (Peru), Municipality of San Salvador (El Salvador), Municipality of Cordoba (Argentina), Municipality of Santa Fe (Bolivia)
What are its limitations? 
  • RAAPs are less ambitious than PEFA (Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability), CFAA (Central Finance Authorities Assessment) and CPIAs (Country Policy and Institutional Assessment) because they are based on a quick-gains approach
Where can I go to learn more?