Given the current context of limited economic resources, the Public Administration is called upon to maximize its efforts to transform itself into models of good management of public property. The European House – Ambrosetti, with its consulting services for local development, can be a part of this.
In recent years, the evolution of the Public Administration has seen a number of interesting developments, including the creation of forms of decentralization of authority, operational flexibility, orientation towards performance and development of productivity.
Despite this, however, the high level of competitiveness and scarcity of economic resources available to local government make it difficult to attract quality resources and talent. Therefore, it becomes fundamental for even a public entity to be highly-attentive to its choices, define proper strategies, maintain close control over spending and build on its own reputation.
In short, both on a national and local level, the Public Administration must redefine competencies as well as how it works, how it provides services and how it manages costs and communication with the goal of guaranteeing a proper level of service that is inspired by criteria of flexibility, efficacy, efficiency, quality, transparency and cost-effectiveness.
The European House – Ambrosetti consulting services for local development involve numerous stakeholders and are aimed at all levels of government and public bodies, both national and local, and include:
To best analyze the complexity of local systems and identify the most appropriate drivers, The European House – Ambrosetti utilizes its own dynamic simulation tools (Systems Dynamics) that provide the keys to analysis to monitor and highlight the trend in variables on the basis of specific choices and policies.
This method makes it possible to take on the specific situation of a local area by intervening on the causes behind problems, and not just the effects.
This workshop was designed to activate a process of reflection and action towards a new cycle of social-economic development and renewal of the area, by concentrating on its geographic position as an “area without boundaries” and its nature-, infrastructure- and expertise-related assets, from the standpoint of integration and cooperation with surrounding economic, social and urban systems.
The European House – Ambrosetti has developed a leadership position in pre-commercial public procurement. It has followed the creation of the European model from its inception, analyzed European best practice, defined national guidelines for the Office of the Italian Prime Minister and provided assistance for the implementation of innovation procurement strategies for major public entities, as, for example, in the technical dialogue instituted by the Lombardy region as an experiment in pre-commercial procurement in the public health sector.
By pre-commercial procurement is meant a special approach to awarding research and development service contracts that is based on sharing the risks and benefits between the procuring public body and businesses. In essence, a given number of economic operators develops in parallel and in competition with each other innovative solutions (not available on the market) that can range from concept development to initial development of limited quantities of products or services aimed at meeting the needs and challenges set by the contracting party.
This approach allows the public sector to filter the technological risks before committing itself to purchasing on a large scale by putting up front testing of alternative solutions (within an actual operational context) in order to evaluate the advantages, disadvantages and costs in terms of the whole life cost, as well as conformity with quality and safety requirements for the sector involved.
By anticipating the involvement of the market, this approach also offers companies the possibility of developing products that are better and more closely meet the needs of the public sector thanks to enhanced understanding of the demand, while reducing the time required for innovative solutions to reach the market and promoting involvement of new players and SMEs.
Director, The European House - Ambrosetti