Subcategories Project status:
Setting Inspection Targets and Monitoring Performance
- Number: 2011/07
- Status: Running
- Period: 2011
- Lead Country: Portugal
Project team countries:
The Netherlands and Portugal
The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.
In this IMPEL-project we will act upon the recommendation from the DTRT and Performance Indicators reports to further look into the issue of setting inspection targets and monitoring performance against these targets. This will be done within the framework of the DTRT Guidance Book. We will further collect practical experiences of authorities in this area and analyse and discuss these. Based on the findings of this exercise we will develop a practical guidance tool.
Please also refer to the second phase of this project for further information.
In the IMPEL “Doing the right things” (DTRT) project, a Guidance Book was produced to assist environmental authorities plan inspections. The Guidance Book uses an Environmental Inspection Cycle that is divided into a number of connected steps of which planning is one step and performance monitoring is another step.
According to the Guidance Book authorities should, as part of their inspection planning, define measurable targets on desired outputs and outcomes and consequently monitor their performance against these targets. However, it has become apparent that authorities have still little experience with setting targets. Especially setting targets on concrete outcomes like for instance a certain improvement of compliance to be achieved after a certain period of time, and the monitoring connected with this, is often regarded to be very difficult . Experts have repeatedly argued that additional guidance should be developed to help authorities in making progress in this area.