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Institutional Architecture for Policy Reform

The Institutional Architecture diagnostic provides a framework for analyzing a country’s capacity to undertake policy change. The goal is to provide development partners, local policymakers, and other key stakeholders with information on possible constraints that could stymie effective policy change and highlight areas to improve the capacity and performance of the policy change process.

Institutional Architecture assessments examine six components of the policy making process: the Guiding Policy Framework, Policy Development and Coordination, Inclusivity and Stakeholder Consultation, Evidence-based Analysis, Policy Implementation, and Mutual Accountability. A set of indicators determines the capacity and effectiveness of the overall policy change process and thus informs the analysis of each policy component. To highlight the level of attention required to improve the effectiveness of the component, a three-tier color-coded rating system assesses each indicator. A green (strong) rating means the component is operating effectively, and additional attention is not required. A yellow (average) rating signals partial achievement of conditions needed for the purpose underlying the component and additional attention is required. A red (weak) rating means that significant attention is needed to ensure the component is achieved.

Institutional Architecture diagnostics have been conducted in seventeen countries to date for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). More information on the Institutional Architecture diagnostic can be obtained by emailed Integra Director of Economic Growth and Innovation, David Quinn (dquinn@integrallc.com).