Modify the PDP to improve the quality of proposals and participation in the policy development process. - Mejora Calidad de Politicas

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23/09/2021
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Lia Solis - Version [1]
Arturo Servin - Version [1]
In discussion
23/09/2021 - 18/11/2021
First consensus
18/11/2021 - 02/12/2021
Did not reach consensus
02/12/2021

Public comments by LACNIC staff for this version

LACNIC Staff's Interpretation of the Proposal

Author: Lia Solis, Arturo Servin.

Applicability:

This proposal defines changes to the PDP.

Modifications to the current text:

This proposal applies to the following sections of the PDP:
● 3. Normal Policy Development Process
● 3.1 Public Policy List.
● 3.2.1. Functions of the PDP Chairs
● 3.2.4. Responsibilities and obligations of the Chairs
● 3.4. Public Policy Forum

Proposal Text:

Section 3.1

Proposals must be submitted using the online form available at https://politicas.lacnic.net/politicas/. Once a policy proposal has been reviewed, it will be assigned an identification code and sent to the discussion list. The maximum time allowed for reviewing and publishing the proposal on the Public Policy List must not exceed two weeks.

The rationale for the policy proposal must include a section explaining the problem it will solve or avoid, or the opportunity for improvement it will address. It must also show how the proposal will solve or avoid the problem or how it will take advantage of the opportunity.

The policy proposal submission form provided by LACNIC must include fields that will allow identifying the problem to be solved or avoided or the opportunity for improvement that the proposal wishes to address.

Section 3. Normal Policy Development Process

When an author submits a proposal, there will be an initial two-week period known as the Preliminary Discussion period during which the community will debate whether the proposal has the merit to move on to the discussion phase. To determine such merit, among other aspects, the community will assess the following: 1. Whether the problem or opportunity really exists, and 2. Whether the policy proposal has the potential to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity.

If necessary, the chairs may extend this period to a maximum of three weeks. If the proposal does not generate interest, or if there is no consensus among the community that the proposal adequately addresses the problem to be solved, does not avoid the problem, or does not take advantage of an opportunity for improvement, it will not move on to the initial discussion phase.

The Public Policy Forum must include a space of no more than 30 minutes where, at the request of the authors, policy proposals that have not passed the Preliminary Discussion phase can be presented for feedback and comments.

3.2.1. Functions of the PDP Chairs

Add the following:

To determine whether there is interest among the community for a proposal to move past the Preliminary Discussion phase.

3.2.4. Responsibilities and obligations of the Chairs

Add the following:

During the Preliminary Discussion period, to urge members of the community to express their opinion regarding the merits of a proposal to solve a problem, prevent it, or take advantage of the detected opportunity for improvement.

To assess new policy proposals that are received as well as new versions of proposals that have previously been discussed to ensure that they only introduce elements that directly address the problem or improvement stated in the proposal itself and agreed by the community. If, in the Chairs’ opinion, the proposal includes additional elements, they may request that the authors eliminate such elements in order for it to be considered.

To specify on the list which proposals are currently in the Preliminary Discussion period. This period will have a duration of two weeks.

After the Preliminary Discussion period, the Chairs will have one week to communicate whether they have found sufficient elements of consensus among the community to address the problem or improvement, i.e., if the proposal will move on to the initial discussion phase.

3.4. Public Policy Forum

Clarify the following:

Presentation and discussion of the policies currently undergoing the PDP and those that, despite not having moved past the Preliminary Discussion phase, will be presented at the request of their authors.

LACNIC Staff Comments:

1) It is our understanding that preliminary discussions will be analyzed per proposal, not per version. In other words, once consensus has been reached during a policy proposal's preliminary discussion phase, if a new version of such proposal is presented, it will only be reviewed to make sure that the new version does not introduce any elements that do not address the problem or opportunity for improvement agreed by the community.
2) It is our understanding that, if a proposal has not moved on to the preliminary discussion phase, the author has the following options:
a) Present another proposal which attempts to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity for improvement, or
b) Wait until the Public Policy Forum, where they will have the chance to receive feedback on the original proposal.
3) Section 3 defines a two-week period for the evaluation of the preliminary discussion. It is our understanding that, if necessary, the chairs may use additional tools (e.g., webinars) to obtain further input before deciding consensus.
4) As for the order of Sections 3.1 Public Policy List and 3. Normal Policy Development Process, we understand that, if this proposal is approved, the current order of the texts that are part of the Policy Development Process would change, unless there is an error in how the final texts are arranged, in which case it would be important to mention this so that the corresponding editorial adjustment can be made.

Recommendations:

No recommendations.

Official References:

N/A

Impact of the policy on the registry and/or other systems

If this proposal is approved, its implementation in the policy system will require time for software development.


Summary

Policy proposals must include a description of the problem they seek to solve or the opportunity they seek to take advantage of when presenting them. They should also show that the policy will actually solve the problem.

For a proposal to pass the Preliminary Discussion phase, the community must reach consensus on 3 things: 1. The problem or opportunity really exists, and 2. The policy proposal has the potential to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity.

If there is no consensus that the two conditions are met, the policy will not advance past the Preliminary Discussion process.

Rationale (Describe the problem you intend to solve)

This proposal seeks to facilitate policy development, the preparation and presentation of policy proposals, and their analysis and discussion by the community. It also seeks to encourage the participation of individuals and institutions who are part of the LACNIC community.
In this sense, in recent years, we have noticed that certain situations have hindered proper policy development, thus limiting a potentially broader community participation.

This can be attributed to several factors, including:

- The proliferation of policies that do not solve actual problems or do not address potentially relevant improvements. The perception among the community is that some proposals have very little merit, so members of the community are not attracted to following and participating in their discussion.
- Policy proposals that include multiple topics, which makes it difficult for the community to analyze and understand them.
- The number of policies simultaneously under discussion, which makes deciding in which discussions to participate even more complicated.
- The presentation of policies inspired by the operation of other RIRs without considering the peculiarities of LACNIC as an organization and of the Latin American and Caribbean community.

To improve the quality of policy proposals and promote broader participation in the policy development process, this proposal seeks to add a new step to the process based on recommended policy development methodologies. This will allow identifying the specific issue to be solved or the opportunity for improvement addressed by each policy proposal and therefore facilitate their analysis and discussion by the LACNIC community.

Current text

Section 3. Normal Policy Development Process

The Policy Development Process may involve the following instances:

Public Policy List
PDP Chairs
Working Groups
Public Policy Forum
LACNIC Board of Directors

Section 3.1 Public Policy List

Proposals must be submitted using the online form available at https://politicas.lacnic.net/politicas/. Once a policy proposal has been reviewed, it will be assigned an identification code and sent to the discussion list. The maximum time allowed for reviewing and publishing the proposal on the Public Policy List must not exceed two weeks. This review will only address the text itself, not the merit of the proposal.

New text
Analyze diff

Proposals must be submitted using the online form available at https://politicas.lacnic.net/politicas/. Once a policy proposal has been reviewed, it will be assigned an identification code and sent to the discussion list. The maximum time allowed for reviewing and publishing the proposal on the Public Policy List must not exceed two weeks.

The rationale for the policy proposal must include a section explaining the problem it will solve or avoid or the opportunity for improvement it will address. It must also show how the proposal will solve or avoid the problem or how it will take advantage of the opportunity.

The policy proposal submission form provided by LACNIC must include fields that will allow identifying the problem to be solved or avoided or the opportunity for improvement that the proposal wishes to address.

Section 3. Normal Policy Development Process

When an author submits a proposal, there will be an initial two-week period known as the Preliminary Discussion period during which the community will debate whether the proposal has the merit to move on to the discussion phase. To determine such merit, among other aspects, the community will assess the following: 1. Whether the problem or opportunity really exists, and 2. Whether the policy proposal has the potential to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity.

If necessary, the chairs may extend this period to a maximum of three weeks. If the proposal does not generate interest, or if there is no consensus among the community that the proposal adequately addresses the problem to be solved, does not avoid the problem, or does not take advantage of an opportunity for improvement, it will not move on to the initial discussion phase.

The Public Policy Forum must include a space of no more than 30 minutes where, at the request of the authors, policy proposals that have not passed the Preliminary Discussion phase can be presented for feedback and comments.

3.2.1. Functions of the PDP Chairs

Add the following:

To determine whether there is interest among the community for a proposal to move past the Preliminary Discussion phase.

3.2.4. Responsibilities and obligations of the Chairs

Add the following:

During the Preliminary Discussion period, to urge members of the community to express their opinion regarding the merits of a proposal to solve a problem, prevent it, or take advantage of the detected opportunity for improvement.

To assess new policy proposals that are received as well as new versions of proposals that have previously been discussed to ensure that they only introduce elements that directly address the problem or improvement stated in the proposal itself and agreed by the community. If, in the Chairs’ opinion, the proposal includes additional elements, they may request that the authors eliminate such elements in order for it to be considered.

To specify on the list which proposals are currently in the Preliminary Discussion period. This period will have a duration of two weeks.

After the Preliminary Discussion period, the Chairs will have one week to communicate whether they have found sufficient elements of consensus among the community to address the problem or improvement, i.e., if the proposal will move on to the initial discussion phase.

3.4. Public Policy Forum

Clarify the following:
Presentation and discussion of the policies currently undergoing the PDP and those that, despite not having moved past the Preliminary Discussion phase, will be presented at the request of their authors.

Additional information

Bibliografía sobre Metodología de Análisis y Solución de Problemas
Bibliography on Problem Analysis and Resolution

https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/activate/course/personal-productivity/lesson/1119

A practical guide for policy analysis. The eightfold path to more effective problem solving. Eugene Bardach and Eric M. Patashnik.
https://books.google.com/books?hl=es&lr=&id=Bip_DwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=problem+solving+approach+policy&ots=WkgLUgYJIO&sig=BIWW4sc2grlT9p9NTXb7p2ZqdEg#v=onepage&q=problem%20solving%20approach%20policy&f=false

How should we Theorise Public Policy? Problem solving and problematicity. Nick Turnbull.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1016/S1449-4035(06)70072-8

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Presented at:

LACNIC 36 (12/10/2021)