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National Priority Implementation through the use of Change Management Practices

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Since the pioneering work of Henry Gantt a century ago, project management has become a well-established way of ensuring work is delivered on time and within budget. Public sector organisations and government ministries have just as much need for timely and economical project completion. But it is relatively uncommon, especially in central and eastern Europe, for the government sector to employ project management practices.


This is partly due to the associated costs – but the investment is worth it when the success of large, costly projects is at stake. There are also challenges unique to the public sector. The political cycle is shorter than the typical strategic planning cycle, and traditions of reactive politics are also an obstacle to project management practices.


But it’s often overlooked that there are also unique ways the public sector can benefit from project management. Project management significantly contributes to increasing accountability and transparency, of high importance in modern democracies.


For a great number of years, Lithuanian governments have faced difficulties in coordinating and ensuring full implementation of national policy reforms. The existing strategic planning system in Lithuania is providing a base for the control of government action plan execution, but the number of jobs delivered later than planned, or with poor quality, has been increasingly high.


In the result of this Initiative, the Prime Minister has formulated priority strategic projects‘ portfolio as well as approved and applied a standard of project management principles by which projects must be implemented. This innovation led to:


  • For the first time, responsible project owners and project managers were appointed to facilitate and drive the implementation of each of the 33 strategic projects, as opposed to just appointing an institution.
  • The Chancellery of the Government established Project Management Office aiming to ensure a uniform project management standard across public sector institutions and to accumulate expertise and project management know-how.
  • The newly established Strategic Projects Portfolio Committee meets each month and supervises implementation of strategic projects with regards to their planed schedule, budget and scope as well as manages associated risks.
  • In the result of successful implementation of change and portfolio management processes, 6 structural policy reform programmes were entrusted/added to the strategic projects portfolio.


This initiative is beneficial not only for the Government itself in ensuring high performance standards and accountability for the results, but it contributes greatly to changing lives of the Lithuanian society. The innovation of this Project is primarily focused on the results-based management for maximising economic and social benefits in each project within the Government. The newly implemented change management process highly contributes to the implementation of accountability and transparency principles in the Government that go well in line with the Government’s international commitments to the Open Government Partnership.

Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
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Keywords: Change management, project management
Short English description: For a great number of years, Lithuanian governments have faced difficulties in coordinating and ensuring full implementation of national policy reforms. The existing strategic planning system in Lithuania is providing a base for the control of government action plan execution, but the number of jobs delivered later than planned, or with poor quality, has been increasingly high.

In the result of this Initiative, the Prime Minister has formulated priority strategic projects‘ portfolio as well as approved and applied a standard of project management principles by which projects must be implemented.

Further information
Organisation: Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
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Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Lithuania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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National Priority Implementation through the use of Change Management Practices (54.688419537165906, 25.28057098388672)
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