Experimentation is a means for improving government's service to citizens

Experimentation is a tool used by service providers, like the government, for updating existing policies to the changing environment. Internalizing lessons learned from pilot projects makes policies more effective at addressing citizens' needs.

The Knesset's Labor, Welfare and Health Committee chose to delay deliberations on amending the Nursing Act until four pilot projects, each lasting two years, are allowed to run. The committee will review the results of the accompanying research before deciding.

Currently, the Nursing Act provides the beneficiary with services such as personal care and housekeeping. The Ministry of Finance has proposed providing cash benefits so that the beneficiary can choose which services to purchase. The committee accepted the National Insurance Institute's stance that no change should be made without first experimenting and evaluating the results.

Israel's welfare-to-work scheme underwent a similar process of experimentation. The initial pilot was recently updated and expanded.

Experimentation is a tool used by service providers, like the government, for updating existing policies to the changing environment. Evaluating a pilot may shed light on new needs or changes that have to be made to the current policy. Internalizing lessons learned from pilot projects makes policies more effective at addressing citizens' needs.

Sources

Ruth Sinai, Haaretz, 03/05/2008 (In Hebrew).

Ruth Sinai, Haaretz, 03/03/2008.