The four day review is intense for the review team and consists of stakeholder interviews, documentation reviews and progressively collate the draft report.
What to expect during the review:
The selection of appropriately skilled and experienced Gateway review team members is critical to the success and effectiveness of a Gateway review.
Gateway review teams are selected according to each project's needs and to provide a mix of skills, knowledge and experience. The review team should possess:
knowledge and understanding of the Gateway review process.
The independence of the review team from the project and the independence of the review team from the department, is the key to delivering objective, high quality reviews and reports.
Review teams generally consist of four people including a mix of private and public sector people.
The Infrastructure Advice and Delivery Group uses a collaborative approach when appointing review teams and will liaise with the department to ensure the right mix of skills are assembled and no conflicts of interest are apparent.
At the conclusion of each Gateway review, the review team rate each of the individual recommendations and the overall project or program according to a colour based rating system.
Individual recommendations are rated as either red or amber, and the review team's confidence of successful project delivery (delivery confidence) is rated either as red, amber or green:
In the past individual RAG assessments have taken criticality and urgency into consideration. For example if a project had very little time to address a critical recommendation, the recommendation was classed as Red.
If there was time to address the critical recommendation, then the recommendations was classed as Amber. This was even though the issue and its criticality was still identical to the red rating.
Individual recommendations are now classified as either critical (red) or non critical (amber). Green is no longer used for individual recommendations.
An overall assessment (delivery confidence) is also required for each review based on the definitions in the table below.
When determining the overall assessment, the review team should refer to the areas probed assessment and their own judgement / expertise to determine the most suitable delivery confidence rating.
At the conclusion of the Gateway review, a draft report is issued to the SRO, who has seven days to comment on any errors of fact prior to the report being issues as final.
The Infrastructure Advice and Delivery Group is issued with a copy of all final Gateway reports for the purposes of reporting to Cabinet, identifying and analysing trends, and for the collation of generic lessons learned.
These lessons learned are used by the Infrastructure Advice and Delivery Group in the development of best practice guidance materials, and in the provision of advice to department’s and agencies to help ensure that good practices are identified and mistakes of the past are not repeated in similar initiatives.