Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service

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.

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LGBTI+ Capacity Building Evaluation Report

This report presents an evaluation of the LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Programme, delivered annually by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) as per Objective 7 of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020. The programme aims to support organisations that work directly with young people, in improving their understanding of and ability to engage with the key issues faced by LGBTI+ youth. An evaluation of the Programme was requested by the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy Team in January 2021, and delivered by the DCEDIY Research and Evaluation Unit (REU) between February and April 2021.

The evaluation was based on survey responses received from a total of 65 individuals: 45 from grant recipient organisations and 20 from organisations that participated in grant-funded initiatives. Survey respondents represented 56 organisations: 38 grant recipients organisations and 18 participating organisations.

The results indicate that almost all respondents agreed that the initiative improved participants’ understanding of and ability to engage with LGBTI+ young people, and helped to change professional practices. The majority also felt that in order to be more effective, the capacity building initiatives will require further dialogue and training, with many grant recipients highlighting the need for ongoing, multiannual, long-term or mainstreamed funding to enhance the impact of the initiative. The majority of participants commented on the need for more support around engaging with LGBTI+ youth with disabilities and/or mental health issues, and the need for more LGBTI+ awareness and education in schools.

The findings in the attached evaluation report will help inform the direction of future funding for the DCEDIY’s LGBTI+ Youth Capacity Building Grant Programme.

The full report is available here

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Transport Trends 2020: An Overview of Ireland’s Transport Sector

The Strategic Research Analysis Division in the Department of Transport have published the 2020 edition of Transport Trends. The report is an annual overview of the main data and statistics from across the transport sector. The report primarily compiles information  up to 2019 which have previously been released. This is the sixth year the Department has produced Transport Trends.

There has been some changes to the document this year. The Energy and Emissions chapter was renamed Green Transitions, which presents changes made to reduce the CO2 emissions within the transport sector, and a COVID-19 chapter was included, which briefly highlights the initial impact of the pandemic on the transport sector. A more detailed analysis on the impact of the crisis on the Aviation, Maritime, and Land Transport sectors will not be fully included until the next iteration of Transport Trends.

This year’s edition of Transport Trends highlights changes across many transport domains in Ireland up to the end of 2019. This includes increases in the movement of people – by public transport, through our airports, and via cruise ships – and a decline in the volume of freight being moved by air and sea. However, it is important to be aware that much of the growth shown in this report is likely to be followed by decline in next year’s report as the impact of the pandemic on the transport sectors come to light.

The paper can be found here

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Attitudinal Survey of Mature Homeowners

The ‘The ‘Attitudinal Survey of Mature Homeowners’ research paper presents findings from a survey undertaken in the summer of 2019. The survey explored the housing circumstances and attitudes of households composed of homeowners aged 55+. A focus of the survey was the attitude of mature homeowners toward seeking housing better suited to their circumstances (typically, trading down) or to relocate from areas of high demand to lower demand

The paper can be found here

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IGEES-funded DCYA research Scoping Review of Literature (the Growing up in Ireland Pathfinder Project).

This scoping review documents best international practice in linking administrative data to longitudinal studies of children. The report was commissioned by the statistics team within the Research and Evaluation Unit of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), and was supported by the CSO.  Funding was secured through the IGEES annual research fund.

The report finds that data linkage has the potential to generate economic, methodological and informational benefits, and that there is a strong and growing policy mandate in Ireland for data linkage. A number of challenges arising in respect of data linkage are highlighted throughout the report, along with guidance for overcoming these challenges.

The findings in the report will help inform the Growing up in Ireland Pathfinder Project, which will link GUI data to existing administrative data to produce aggregated analyses and outputs. These outputs will help to inform the development of effective public policies and services for children and their families.

A copy of the review can be found here

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