Measuring the Commission’s progress and impact is challenging. Productivity operates at many levels, with many influences, which may take place over long timeframes. It can be difficult to identify improvements to productivity or wellbeing that can be directly attributed to our work.
The inquiries we work on, the types of analysis we conduct, and the range of community and industry groups we engage with, change significantly from year to year. It is difficult to capture this diversity of work and effort in fixed quantitative targets, so the Commission takes a strong evaluative- based approach to measuring performance.
Once each inquiry is finished, an independent review is done. Every two years an independent review evaluates our economics and research work.
These evaluations use the same output measures to ensure comparability, while ensuring flexibility to incorporate other feedback.
The Commission is an independent research and advisory body with no operational ability to run or implement policies. The Government is under no obligation to implement our recommendations, nor to respond to our reports. We rely solely on our ability to skillfully communicate our ideas and our analysis to influence and shape policy.
|Our evaluation methods
Independent expert review by someone with significant policy and/or productivity research experience, who is familiar with our role and functions.
Survey of external participants using a set of questions covering multiple aspects of our work, such as the quality of our analysis and clarity of our communication.
Stakeholder focus group(s) of about 6–10 attendees from different backgrounds, independently facilitated and without Commission attendance.
Monitoring external feedback and internal workflow processes to capture, share and evaluate feedback received and external responses to our work (in the media, Parliament etc).
[Note: all performance evaluations are published on our website.]
|Our output measures
Intended impacts – what happens because of our work
Right focus – the relevance and materiality of our inquiry and research reports
Good process management – the timeliness and quality of our work
High-quality work – the quality of our analysis and recommendations
Effective engagement – quality of engagement with interested parties
Clear delivery of message – how well our work is communicated and presented
Overall quality – the overall quality of the work considering all factors
This influence may be direct and immediate (e.g. through academic, community, public and political recommendation) or over a longer period, after policies are adjusted or adopted.
We do not just produce reports. Analysis and commentary in our reports is disseminated, understood, and used to influence policy and behaviour so that New Zealand improves productivity in the long term.
Achieving policy impact and progress on New Zealand’s productivity and wellbeing performance may only emerge over time. To report on our strategic outcomes, we therefore focus on what analysis and advice we undertook that contributed to increasing the understanding of New Zealand’s productivity challenges.