Welcome to the website of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES), which will present analytical and statistical outputs from the Service. The site contains recent analytical papers across a range of public policy and expenditure topics.
Our most recent publications are set out below.
The papers have been prepared by members of IGEES and do not necessarily represent the policy positions of the relevant Departments, Ministers or the Government.
Limerick City of Culture 2014 – Ex Post Evaluation
In July 2016, as part of its evaluation programme, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs published an ex post evaluation of the Limerick City of Culture. Limerick enjoyed the inaugural designation of National City of Culture in 2014, delivering a broad cultural programme over the course of the year. The evaluation examined the outputs of the Limerick year, having particular regard to the strategic objectives set for the year and including comparisons with similar initiatives internationally.
Characteristics and implications of the level of household joblessness in Ireland
Household joblessness in Ireland has been a focus of attention in recent years. The purpose of this paper is to assess whether there is a core structural jobless household problem in Ireland and, if so, to consider what the elements of the policy response might be. The analysis found that, while there are different ways of measuring this issue, by any metric, the rate in Ireland has been particularly high in recent years. For example,
- The proportion of adults living in jobless households, as measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey, reached a high of 15.9% in 2012, compared to 10.9% in the EU in the same year.
- The difference for children was even more significant, at 20.2% in Ireland compared to 11.1% in the EU.
- The low work intensity measure of the EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) showed Ireland at over twice the EU average over the period of the recession – and well above the EU average even at a time of very low unemployment.
Head of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
IGEES is currently hiring a head of the IGEES unit in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
The Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) is an integrated cross-Government service that aims to support better policy formulation and implementation in the civil service through economic analysis and evaluation. The Head of the IGEES Unit in DPER leads a dynamic team and is responsible for promoting evidence based policy analysis throughout the civil service using the resources of IGEES and for developing the IGEES brand.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Significant knowledge and experience on the role/application of evidence in the development of public policy;
- The ability to manage and lead a team with a strong track record of delivery of policy analysis;
- Proven ability to think and act strategically;
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with and collaborate with stakeholders; and
- Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in Economics, Commerce, Accountancy or similar or a relevant professional qualification; and/or hold a post graduate qualification at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications with a significant economics, evaluation or public policy component.
The Government decided in July 2015 that a review of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) scheme was necessary to ensure that the scheme continues to meet its objectives and that resources are being utilised effectively and efficiently, in line with the guidelines.
This Focused Policy Assessment (FPA) provides the first part of the review. The FPA gives a more detailed understanding of factors driving increased demand for SNA support. These factors include an increase in the overall student population, an increase in the proportion of students accessing support and a significant increase in the numbers of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis accessing SNA support. The FPA also provides a timetable and a framework for providing data and estimates of future SNA demand.
The FPA recommends that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) provides an end of year statement of SNA demand and a forecast of future SNA demand, that the Minister for Education and Skills ask the NCSE in partnership with other relevant Departments and State Agencies to carry out a comprehensive review of the scheme and that the NCSE record additional data on the scheme.
The report is available here.