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Simplification, Performance, and Equal Opportunities (IT0064)



Action Plan: Italy Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Department for Public Administration (PCM – DFP) – Alessandra Barberi

Support Institution(s): Agency for Digital Italy (AGID), administrations involved in the Pilot Labs with the Performance Assessment Office (UVP) of the Department for Public Administration, Department for Equal Opportunities (PCM – DPO)

Policy Areas

E-Government, Marginalized Communities, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Italy Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Background and objectives

Meeting performance obligations is very burdensome for administrations and causes the production of a high number of documents which hinders management and decision-making. There is also a need to simplify technical language and operational tools. The digital transition of performance plans for the purpose of administrative simplification is a process to improve public organizations’ capacity as well as the forms and ways they use to express themselves.

Moreover, users complain that there is little homogeneity in representing external impacts that administrations wish to achieve. Consequently, greater clarity is needed in expressing the strategic objectives often linked only to financial resources.

We therefore have to work to make organizational performance comparable by setting common indicators to measure all the aspects of the work of administrations. By “common indicators” we mean a set of selected measures to assess how an administration is managed not only in terms of typical mission but also support functions which are common to all administrations (i.e. management of procurement, staff, communication, transparency, etc.).

A key measure is the digitalization functions due to their strategic relevance in connection with the ability of administrations to innovate processes according to the guidelines laid down in the Triennial Plan for IT in PA. Moreover, considering the key functions performed by the Coordinator for Digital Transition (RTD) of each administration, setting “common indicators” to measure the innovation capacity is a key support to facilitate his/her task acting as significant organizational and motivational levers to enhance management commitment.

Given the complexity of the systematic reading of final documents available to users, there is a need for greater transparency and objectivity in presenting results achieved by administrations using the principle of accountability oriented towards the involvement and central role of citizens and businesses, whose satisfaction is the real engine for improvement and innovation.

In addition, enhancing the human capital in each organization is a key lever to improve the efficiency and capacity of administrations to deliver services which meet citizens’ needs.

Fostering equal opportunities as a crosscutting organizational performance dimension ensures “inclusiveness” in public administration. If public administration can guarantee equal opportunities internally and no discrimination connected to gender or personal disadvantage like workers belonging to protected categories, it can also deliver better services to citizens.

It is therefore useful to update the guidelines and make them simpler.

This action is aimed at encouraging planning and control processes for public administrations by pursuing the following objectives:
- adoption of simplified procedures for managing the performance cycles which vary depending on the type and size of administrations. Introduction of digital formats for simplifying performance cycle requirements;
- sharing common performance indicators to facilitate comparison in the fields of HR management, digitalization, procurement and transparency;
- drafting Guidelines to assist administrations in enhancing the participation of citizens in the performance cycle;
- outlining a model based on a top-down approach to assess digital transformation projects within PA making them measurable and comparable with the innovation initiatives implemented by similar administrations using business management techniques and methodologies; this model will take into account the recent changes in legislation which strengthened the principle of participation of external and internal users and, more generally, citizens in organizational performance assessment, requiring administration to adopt systems which are able to measure the level of satisfaction and develop forms of wide participation;
- drafting a directive for the compulsory employment of protected categories to simplify rules and related requirements;
- drafting a directive on equal opportunities and updating a directive on Guarantee Committees, in cooperation with the Department for Equal Opportunities.

Lead Administration
Department for Public Administration (PCM – DFP) – Alessandra Barberi

Other administrations involved
Agency for Digital Italy (AGID), administrations involved in the Pilot Labs with the Performance Assessment Office (UVP) of the Department for Public Administration, Department for Equal Opportunities (PCM – DPO)
Monitoring contact person from the Open Government Forum
FONDACA – Fondazione per la cittadinanza attiva – Emma Amiconi

IRM Midterm Status Summary

8. Simplification, performance and equal opportunities

For details of this commitment, see Italy Design Report 2019-2021.


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  5. Regulation of Stakeholders

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  6. Culture of Open Government

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  7. Corruption Prevention

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  8. Simplification, Performance, and Equal Opportunities

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  9. Digital Services

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  10. Digital Citizenship and Skills

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  12. Opening Data on Mobility Through Opentrasporti

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  13. Starred commitment Istat Linked Open Data

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  23. Starred commitment Open Administration Week

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  24. Strategy for Participation

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  25. Public Works 2.0

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  26. Starred commitment Rome Cooperates

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  28. Supporting and Protecting Whistleblowers

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  29. Follow the UBB

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  30. Opencoesione Plus

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  31. OPENAID 2.0

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  36. Transparency Registry of the Ministry for Economic Development

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  37. Roma Capitale - Transparent Agenda

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  38. Transparent Milan: Public Agenda of Meetings of Public Decision-Makers

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  46. Transparent regulations

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