Past Events

IGEES Medium Term Strategy Launch 2016-2019

The IGEES Medium Term Strategy 2016-2019 was launched on the 27th of October 2016. Details of the event and presentations from the day can be found here.

IGEES Annual Conference 2016

The annual IGEES conference was held on Friday the 4th of March 2016. Details of the event and presentations from the day can be found here.

Annual Department of Finance Tax Conference – 11th November 2015

The Department of Finance held it’s annual Tax Conference on the 11th November 2015. Presentations from the event are available here.

The Better Regulation Agenda – 19th October 2015

IGEES hosted a discussion on the Better Regulation Agenda with Professor Cass Sunstein on Monday 19th of October. The discussion brought together participants from the public and private sector.

The event comprised a short presentation by Professor Sunstein, which covered mechanisms for better regulation and applications of behavioural insights in a regulatory environment. The presentation was followed by a wide ranging discussion on behavioural economics and better regulation including, information disclosure, Cost Benefit Analysis, quantification of benefits and the identification of policy areas in which behavioural insights could be applied.

IGEES Network Launch – 25th June 2015

The IGEES Network was launched on Thursday the 25th of June with a conference examining the distributional aspects of Public Policy. The Network replaces the Public Service Evaluation Network and will provide a forum to bring together public servants engaged in policy, economic analysis, appraisal and evaluation. A number of events will be held annually to generate discussion on relevant policy areas.

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The conference program comprised of four talks, followed by a panel discussion. Upcoming guidance on piloting expenditure programs was also flagged. Various angles on the distributional aspects of public policy were explored including the impact of the Irish tax and transfer system in reducing inequality, available data sources which can be used to measure inequality in Ireland, the application of the SWITCH model to examine the possible outcomes associated with proposed policy solutions, and the earnings distribution in Ireland.

The presentations and a brief overview of each of them can be found here.

Open Policy Discussion on Distributional Aspects of Public Policy

On May 28, 2015, the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service co-hosted a seminar with Public on the distributional aspects of public policy.  The guest speakers were:  Donal De Buitleir (; Terence Hynes and Kevin Meaney (IGEES); Cormac O’Dea (Institute for Fiscal Studies); and Seamus Coffey (UCC).

A note on the discussion can be found here.

Labour Market Policy Symposium – 19th May 2015

On the 19th of May 2015, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform hosted a Labour Market Policy Symposium in the Royal Irish Academy. This was an Open Policy Debate under the Civil Service Renewal Plan. The event brought together IGEES economists, policy officials, academics and researchers to discuss the current evolution of the labour market. Topics covered included employment and unemployment projections, regional distribution, job quality, emerging skills needs and the necessary policy response. Presentations can be found here.

2nd Annual IGEES Conference – 27th November 2014

The Irish Government Economic & Evaluation Service (IGEES) hosted their annual conference  – on the theme Delivering on socio-economic priorities while ensuring budget sustainability” on the morning of Thursday, 27th November.

The Conference was chaired by Professor John Fitzgerald and was attended by about 100 people working in Government Departments, the wider public service, academia and various research institutes. Presentations were made by Angela D’Elia, Eoin Dormer and Niamh Callaghan.

European Evaluation Society Conference – 1st-3rd October 2014

The European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference took place in Dublin on October 1-3, 2014 at the Convention Centre Dublin. The theme of the conference as “Evaluation for an Equitable Society”. More than 700 evaluators from across the world attended the conference, which was launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform. Two of the sessions on the second day of the conference consisted of presentations made by IGEES members.

Inaugural IGEES Conference – Dublin Castle, 3rd September 2013 

In September 2013, the inaugural IGEES Conference took place in Dublin Castle, the theme of which was Strategies for Sustainable Economic & Employment Growth”. This event was linked to the preparation of the Medium Term Economic Strategy (MTES).

The Conference was chaired by Professor Frances Ruane and was attended by about 100 people working in Government Departments, the wider public service, academia and various research institutes. Presenters included John Fitzgerald, Karl Whelan, Dermot Nolan, Philip O’Connell, Seamus McGuinness, Stephen Roper and John Bradley. We intend to make this an annual event.

More events that may be of interest to IGEES members will be scheduled over the course of the coming year.