Empowering CI to conduct oversight
The project’s main output was the Inter-ministerial and Inter-municipal Platform for Assessment, Coordination and Tracking (IMPACT). Under the auspices of CI, IMPACT is Lebanon’s first e-governance platform.
IMPACT has enabled CI to digitise its oversight by equipping inspectors with digital tools that help mitigate staff shortages in an institution that has been deliberately underfunded by the state. CI’s inspectors now have access to real-time dashboards through which they can monitor and control public administrations and institutions, and local authorities. This allows them to efficiently detect fraud attempts and target field-based inspections based on risk analysis and evidence. Inspectors can refer, at a glance, to more than 170 indicators mapped in the digital general inspection survey disseminated via IMPACT across more than 100 public administrations and institutions.
As a data collection tool, IMPACT is enabling CI to shift from compliance auditing to performance auditing, in which the public administration as a whole is monitored to detect and prevent fraud, but also assessed to improve performance. Combined with the establishment of an Analysis, Planning and Coordination unit within CI and the introduction of data-driven audit methodologies, IMPACT’s real-time auditing function has enabled CI to go from publishing one report annually to around 30 reports since the launch of IMPACT in early 2020.