Since the adoption of the Delta Decisions, the regions have been given ever increasing directive and coordinating roles. The committee that evaluated the Delta Act in 2016 has pointed out that this entails a risk in terms of effectiveness: in the years ahead, the regions will be required to put in substantial efforts in the fields of direction and coordination, whereas the capacity – and thus the effectiveness – of the regional project organisations has fallen rather than risen following the Delta Decisions. In the Cabinet response to the evaluation of the Delta Act, the Cabinet and the Delta Programme partners have acknowledged this risk. They have indicated that in the first half of 2017, the partners will collectively map out what is needed to preclude this risk, and commit to expend the required efforts.
The adoption of policy ensuing from the proposals for Delta Decisions, as set down in Delta Programme 2015.
In his letter dated 23 December 2016, the Delta Programme Commissioner brought the importance of boosting regional effectiveness to the attention of the administrators of the regional programmes, and requested them to develop and implement proposals aimed at increasing the effectiveness. The overall picture emerging from the administrative responses received is that regional effectiveness has their attention, but it is not (yet) up to par. The Delta Programme Steering Group has noticed that the regions are now giving impetus to their efforts to raise regional effectiveness, yet it will be important to actually substantiate the reinforcement of this effectiveness. The Delta Programme Commissioner will keep a finger on the pulse in the Delta Programme Steering Group and take stock in November 2017.
In early 2017, the IJsselmeer Region Administrative Platform decided to boost the effectiveness of the regional programme, and to allocate additional capacity to knowledge exchange and communication. Thus, the Platform aims to ensure that the coordination team will be properly equipped.
The above decision was prompted by a pilot project revolving around the “Power of collaboration”. Administrative stakeholders in the area pointed out the need for increased interconnectivity between the many projects set up to elaborate the preferential strategy. The administrators set store by continuously sharing the story of the Delta Programme in order to keep the importance of a safe and resilient region in mind, and provide a framework for all the individual projects.
In 2016, the IJsselmeer Region Administrative Platform commissioned a study under the “Power of collaboration” pilot to map out the efficiency of the collaboration between the 40 signatories of the IJsselmeer Region Pact. The methodology adopted has been perceived as useful, and the outcomes have resulted in, inter alia, the above decision to further raise regional effectiveness. The methodology has been simplified to expand the scope of the pilot, and made available to all the regional consultative bodies in early 2017.