A Problem-Solving Framework for Infrastructure Policy Making

Publication | November 2021

In the traditional policy analysis approach, an individual or firm may not know whether a solution will work in real-world conditions. Flexibility, feedback, and reassessment are necessary for developing and implementing a project.

Policy solutions developed in one place are not necessarily universally replicable. Different countries, regions, and cities have varying conditions and different needs.

Key Points
  • It is vital to approach a problem that is possible to solve. Knowing who will be involved in the process and understanding the needs are critical for the success or failure of a project.
  • Solutions that might seem more appropriate from a particular perspective might not have the highest chances of successful implementation. Policy makers should seek and be open to second- or third-best alternatives that have a better chance of overcoming barriers that different stakeholders may pose.
  • Knowing whom they are dealing with, how to tackle the opposition, and gathering support are relevant for guaranteeing a project moves forward. Influential stakeholders opposed to a project might signify a higher risk of failure. Therefore, reducing opposition is a crucial determinant for success.
  • Flexibility, feedback, and reassessment are necessary for every step of developing and implementing a project. Setbacks are common, and sometimes going back some steps will be necessary depending on the project’s complexity.
  • To sustain and gain support for a project, communication and adequate, widespread inquiry are of uttermost necessity.

Additional Details

  • Capacity development
  • Governance and public sector management