In other words, on finding ways to boost job and infrastructure creation, on improving the performance of public services, on finding the best instruments for helping our small and mediumsized enterprises while avoiding wasting public money, and on evaluating the usefulness or otherwise of public subsidies.
Although I am neither a magician nor a wizard, there is one thing that I do know, and that is that I can make mistakes, and so have a duty to determine as rapidly as possible whether the policies that I implement produce improvements or disasters. That is why I have always been so enthusiastic about good indicators which enable me to know what is happening and why.
In Italy, the use of a range of indicators to assess and monitor territorial development has helped to improve decision-making – or at least raised people’s awareness of the need for economic policy decisions to be based on a good knowledge of what is going on.
©OECD Observer No 246/247, December 2004-January 2005