This paper theoretical framework is the process of change/modernization which is affecting the Italian public system. This led to the creation of new operational patterns of public administrations and to address issues going beyond the economic financial aspects. Specifically, it concerns the development of strategies aimed at following and evaluating the choices made as well as the results expected. We analyzed in details the "gender approach" which, based on recommendation from the European Union, should be used by public authorities when processing all stages of building public budgets. Some local and regional authorities in Italy have been applaying the gender perspective to the development of tools of accountability. The main goal of this paper was to assess the relevance of gender perspective in the process of planning policies and public actions. This followed our previous study addressing gender mainstreaming, supported by a survey on the recent Italian communicative practice of regional and local authorities.
Keywords: Gender mainstreaming, planning, local and regional public authorities