Implementation of Strategic Planning System in Lithuanian Public Administration Institutions

Nijolė Kundrotienė, Kęstutis Rekerta

Abstract


This article gives the overview of the implementation of strategic planning system in Lithuania and identifies the problems that were posed while implementing the mentioned system.
The reforms were practically implemented in 2000 when the Strategic Planning Manual was adopted by the Government of Lithuania. The Manual provides instructions for the preparation of strategic plans. In 2000 for the first time ministries’ and Government agencies’ strategic plans were prepared following the budget formation cycle for the year 2001. Following the Manual the ministries and Government agencies pointed out expected results they wanted to achieve. In this way the activity transformed from process oriented into result oriented. Monitoring and reporting is a fundamental part of a good planning process and in 2002 for the first time ministries and Government agencies have reported on the results achieved against their planning targets.
This article also includes analysis of experience as well as suggestions for future improvement. Progress is required at two levels: first, the political level (the Prime Minister and Ministers) needs to be more actively involved in the deliberations on priority setting. Second, the administrative level needs to improve decision–making process.

Keywords


Strategic planning

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603