What is the National Evaluation and Productivity Commission?


During President Michelle Bachelet’s second term, in February 2015, the Government created the National Productivity Commission (CNP) as part of the Productivity, Innovation, and Growth Agenda. 


The CNP’s primary function was to carry out studies to deliver proposals and recommendations to increase the country’s productivity and improve the quality of public policies through two types of studies: those mandated by the Government of Chile or those that rose from within the CNP.


In August 2021, The CNP’s functions were expanded by modifying the regulations governing its operation. These new norms established that in addition to generating recommendations to improve the productivity and well-being of people, it should also advise the President of the Republic on matters related to regulatory quality improvements, public policies and program evaluations. Thus, the CNP was renamed National Evaluation and Productivity Commission (CNEP).


Therefore, the CNEP must develop actions to improve the quality of current and forthcoming regulations, focusing, on one hand, in applying the methodologies used to measure the impact of new regulations, and on the other, in carrying out revision processes to evaluate the coherence of existing ones.

The CNEP advises the Undersecretary of Social Evaluation and the Budget Directorate (DIPRES) on the evaluation of public policies and programs. Within this role, the CNEP must carry out studies and proposals to enhance and strengthen these functions, the methodologies used, the monitoring mechanisms, and the evaluation.


Moreover, the CNEP must annually propose a list of programs, institutions, and public policies for ex-post evaluations.


Likewise, the CNEP must meet with the Committee of Ministers of the Economic Area at least once a year to report on the progress of the policies and programs analyzed and the proposals it wishes to present to the President of the Republic for the proper fulfillment of the country’s productivity policy.


The CNEP must also meet with the Interministerial Committee on Social Development and Family to report on its recommendations for the different processes of the state evaluation system, its methodologies, and the coordination of its evaluation processes.