7.3.2Conceptual framework for setting up KPIs and output parameters in function of policy goals

The overview in 7.3.1. shows that a number of frameworks and indicator sets exist in Flanders. However, the KPIs and output parameters appear to be insufficiently linked to the policy objectives. Also, the feedback between objectives and KPIs at different levels is not present or not transparent. To remedy this, VARIO proposes a new conceptual framework consisting of the different steps that VARIO believes need to be taken systematically to arrive at a high-quality set of KPIs and output parameters.

Figure 1: Conceptual framework for KPIs and output parameters (OP)

Step 1: The starting point should be a long-term strategy with the policy objectives of the Flemish Government. These objectives typically go beyond consecutive legislatures, are transversal and serve as an anchor point for a coalition agreement. (A limited number of) KPIs should be linked to these objectives, ideally with specific milestones/targets per legislature.

Step 2: The strategic policy objectives of the Flemish Government must be translated (not just adopted) into objectives per policy domain with associated KPIs.

Step 3: The objectives per policy domain should be translated into instruments/structures/actors/programmes. KPIs and output parameters should then be linked to these at a disaggregated level. Several instruments/structures/actors/programmes contribute to the same objective.

Step 4: Evaluations should be carried out at appropriate times (ex-ante and ex-post) as to whether/what the different instruments/structures/actors/programmes together contribute to the achievement of the objectives at the policy domain level. KPIs and output parameters are not objectives but a means to meet a higher goal.

Step 5: At appropriate times, it should be evaluated whether/how the different objectives per policy domain together contribute to the long-term strategy and objectives of the Flemish Government.