MIL-OSI Translation: Evaluation of crisis management in the second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic


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Source: Switzerland – Federal Chancellery in German

The Federal Council

Bern, June 22, 2022 – At its meeting on June 22, 2022, the Federal Council took note of the Federal Chancellery’s report on the evaluation of the federal administration’s crisis management in the second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. It accepted the report’s thirteen recommendations and commissioned the departments and the Federal Chancellery to implement them. The focus is on the future organization of crisis management in the federal administration, coordination in the federal system and the institutionalization of scientific policy advice.

Even though the report states that the federal administration’s crisis management functioned relatively well, it identified shortcomings in nine areas (fields of action). The evaluation has shown that the most urgent need for action lies in the organization of the federal administration’s crisis management, in coordination and consultation in the federal system and in the inclusion of science in the federal administration’s crisis management. In addition, one topic runs like a red thread through the results: At the strategic level, the anticipation of possible crises and situation developments in such a situation is in need of improvement. In some areas of the federal administration, there was a lack of forward-looking crisis management. This was particularly evident in autumn 2020, when the federal administration and the cantons were insufficiently prepared for the extent of the second wave of infections.

Thirteen recommendations

The report proposes thirteen recommendations, which the Federal Council has accepted, to remedy the deficiencies identified and to further improve crisis management. In order to strengthen anticipation and coordination within the federal administration in a crisis, variants for the organization of crisis management at strategic and operational level should be presented to the Federal Council.

In cooperation between the various federal levels of government, coordination and consultation should be improved. For example, future digital instruments for consultation should also be suitable for urgent consultations. Furthermore, with the revision of the Epidemics Act, legal bases are to be developed so that the use of uniform, international standards for the digital exchange of information on communicable diseases becomes mandatory.

In connection with the answer to postulate 20.3280 by Councilor of States Michel, variants for the future design of scientific policy advice are to be presented to the Federal Council.

In general, the experience of the federal administration should be taken into account in ongoing revision projects such as the Epidemics Act, the Pandemic Plan and ordinances and directives relevant to the crisis. In addition, the lessons learned from exercises and real crises are to be taken into account more systematically in the future as part of the overall planning of major exercises. In the field of communication, the federal administration should create opportunities to reach broader sections of the population via additional channels and additional languages. In addition, aspects of the vaccination campaign are to be evaluated in order to learn lessons for future health crises.

Background and methodological approach

In December 2020, the Federal Council commissioned the Federal Chancellery to carry out a second evaluation of how the pandemic was being managed. The main questions were whether the crisis management of the federal administration between August 2020 and October 2021 had the strategies and measures to deal with the pandemic in good time and whether the federal administration had implemented them in a targeted manner. In addition to a self-evaluation, the federal administration also had its work evaluated by the cantons and the third parties involved. For this purpose, 155 people were surveyed via interviews or online. Existing evaluations were also evaluated. The Federal Chancellery also held two themed workshops on the involvement of science and on the organization of crisis management in the federal administration. She also commissioned a scientific contribution to an international comparison of the Swiss system of scientific policy advice. In order to ensure independent data collection and an initial evaluation of the evaluation, the Federal Chancellery has mandated an external partner with the company “Interface Politikstudien GmbH”.

The Federal Council took note of the report on crisis management in the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic on December 11, 2020.

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