To a Large Extent the Efficiency of State Programs Depends on Correctly Selected Priorities

26 october 2017

"There are currently more than 10 development institutions rendering financial and non-financial regional assistance, as well as over 300 support measures stipulated in regulatory acts being implemented by Federal executive bodies," said Analytical Center's expert Evgeni Plisetsky at the round table discussion "Development Institutes and Resources: Experience of Leaders" in the framework of the XVI All-Russia Forum “Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia.”

The main task of the industry is to synchronize all support measures and to ensure efficient communication of business and development institutions, considers the expert.

According to Plisetsky, the main problems in usage of regional development support measures are related to absence of a unified information and analysis environment for selection and a rigid system of criteria for provision of assistance. All state support measures are being implemented in a non-systemic way, without giving consideration to regional specifics and risk-based application.

"To resolve the problems, it is necessary to create unified mechanisms and criteria for application of territorial development tools for regions with different types of socio-economic development, use risk-based approach in the creation of regional applications for receipt of state support, develop a unified automated State Information System, and implement a project-based approach to management of territorial development tools," informed Plisetsky.

The event was organized jointly by the Analytical Center and the Leontiev Center Consortium – AV Group, the Institute for Regional Research and Urban Planning of the Research Institute of the Higher School of Economics.

The Analytical Center experts also participated in other events of the Forum. Participants of the discussion on "Development of Small Cities: Alternative Approaches and Creative Solutions" were speaking about importance of territorial marketing, tourism and business for small cities, as well as about other social and economic problems. "Small cities present the best sites for testing new approaches to creation of comfortable urban environment when big business is interested in it," considers Plisetsky. Project-oriented summer schools offer platforms for consolidation of key stakeholders in city development, allowing generating creative ideas and building urban environment development projects that are unique for each city. Project proposals generated by the students form the basis for development of actions aimed at creation of "smart" urban space by the local self-government bodies, noted the expert.

In the course of the discussion on "Rebooting State Programs: Correction of Mistakes", specialists noted that it is necessary to improve management culture and mindsets of public officials and increase resource management mobility within the state programs. Nevertheless, to a large extent the efficiency of state programs depends on correctly selected priorities.