Department of Effective Public Management
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Inter-American Prize for Innovation in
Effective Public Management 2014

The “Inter-American Prize for Innovation in Effective Public Managementis an activity of the »
Department for Effective Public Management that seeks, through the selection of a Special Jury, to identify innovations in public management that the various administrations of the Americas make in order to reward, recognize, systematize, encourage and promote them as useful experiences possible to replicate in several latitudes.

The criteria to be evaluated by the Special Jury are:

a. Originality

Creation of original processes within the public administration based on knowledge and experience.  This approach seeks to stimulate the creativity of public managers in solving everyday problems related to the work state.

b. Citizen Impact

Seeks to demonstrate that innovation brings a greater benefit to citizens.  For example, shorter waiting times, clear information, simplified processes, etc.

c. Replicability

It refers to the ability to replicate the innovative practice in other countries of the Americas.  To that end, the possibility of adapting administrative processes to other institutional contexts, the availability of funding and the political and social constraints should be valued.

d. Effectiveness

It refers to the ability to measure/achieve expected results through innovative experience, according to the objectives that have been proposed in a particular public policy (broadly defined as a program, activity, process, etc.).

e. Efficiency

It refers to the ability of government to manage their processes so that they can optimize their resources (financial, human, logistic, etc.) and in turn generate more and better results.

f. Complexity of the problem it solves

It refers to the complexity of the problem and the solution that can be presented from the public administration.  In that sense, experiences that have to do with the central management of public administration, are more valued since they involve larger population, and the problem management is applied to multiple levels of government and associations, etc.

g. Sustainability if the experience

It implies the level of "rooting" of the experience that makes it able to stay in time, to resist political changes of government, institutional and organizational changes, lack of funding, lack of commitment of the authorities and government officials, etc.

h. Gender Perspective
It implies to consider how the initiative impact differentially men and women and how public administrations have succeeded in adapting their internal processes in planning, implementation, evaluation and monitoring in order to meet this situation.