Readiness assessment for SAIs


What should SAIs take into account before embarking on active citizen-engagement strategies? Adequate planning and clear objectives are fundamental to success. A legal framework backing citizen participation and sensitized staff receptive to the effort can be enabling conditions. Many aspects should be balanced when considering approaching civil society. This section provides some guiding questions to assess where to focus when developing participatory policies.

In order to undertake this self-assessment, check the following key areas -which are briefly defined and exemplified-, and answer the questions below each section: a. Leadership, b. Policy and Legal Framework, c. Institutional Structure and Skills within the SAI, d. Communication Channels and Type of Reports Produced by the SAI, e. Willingness of Civil Society to engage, and f. Financing/Resources.

Bear in mind that answers are displayed in different colors, similar to a traffic light. This means that green entails a positive response (“yes”, “always”, “a lot”, “I strongly agree”) while red means a negative answer (“no”, “never”, “very little/few”, “I disagree”). Between these ends, the yellow color accounts for “somehow”, “sometimes”, “maybe”.

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