What Better rules – better outcomes is all about

It’s a methodology that enables us to produce better logic expressed as a concept model, decision trees, and rule statements.

Better rules - What

Better rules – better outcomes is a New Zealand initiative that will enhance the way our government develops and implements regulatory systems; and has attracted a lot of international attention.

Rules govern the way we behave and operate. The rules are set out in legislation which consists of Acts of Parliament and regulations. Simply put, Better Rules produces legislation in a digital format.

That is, having particular types of legislation available in a code or code-like form that software can understand and interact with. This is particularly valuable for situations with rules for things like calculations, eligibility criteria for a benefit, and financial reporting obligations.

It’s a methodology that enables us to produce better logic expressed as a concept model, decision trees, and rule statements.

Together these create a blueprint of the legislation, which then set out the rules of a regulatory system.

Using the blueprint we can write legislation in any language. For example English words and software code.

That software code can then easily be used in our devices and systems to assist people and businesses to understand, benefit from, and comply with legislation.

Better Rules complements and enhances the current policy-development process.