Last week, during an offline week in greece, I ran across this very curious new concept: the Kafka Index, created in France. It is basically and index that measures the complexity of a project/law and its impact. Referring to Franz Kafka's great novel "The Trial" in which a man tries to struggle against an atrocious bureaucracy, this index will be public (yeah, let's see what institutions are kafka-esque) and would be in the form of 1-100 scale "measuring how many hurdles, from forms to letters or phone calls, are needed to win state permits or aid for a project" (via). For those who can read french, here is the account from the AssemblÃ©e Nationale:
un indice - provisoirement baptisÃ© Â« indice Kafka Â» - va par ailleurs Ãªtre crÃ©Ã© pour mesurer la qualitÃ© des projets de loi. Ã la place des Ã©tudes d'impact, qui ne fonctionnent pas, chaque projet de loi sera accompagnÃ© de deux notes : la premiÃ¨re traduira la complexitÃ© de la loi et la seconde apprÃ©ciera son impact, notamment en termes de coÃ»ts. Les grilles d'analyse Ã©laborÃ©es ont Ã©tÃ© appliquÃ©es Ã des lois passÃ©es et donnent des rÃ©sultats trÃ¨s intÃ©ressants. Cet indice Ã©tant public, chaque ministre sera incitÃ© Ã travailler davantage pour amÃ©liorer les dispositions de ses projets de loi ;
And it's only a provisional name!
Why do I blog this? Although it sounds amusing, I am curious about how people put meaning behind this kind of measure. I would prefer having visualization of the process liek the temporal description with the people in charge... hmmm activity theory?