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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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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Our Public Service 2020 Selected Indicators and Trends

Our Public Service 2020 (OPS2020) is the current framework for Public Service reform. For more information visit here. It has a strengthened focus on evaluating the effectiveness of reform actions in bringing about tangible change and outcomes for citizens. Indicators that are quantifiable and outcome-based help to show whether progress is being made towards achieving the goals set out in the reform programme.

This report was prepared by the Department’s Reform Division, in cooperation with stakeholders, to support the Government’s public service reform agenda. A Working Group included senior statisticians and officials from across the public service, who were able to provide guidance and advice on the types of indicators chosen for the Selected Indicators & Trends Report.

The full report is available here

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A high frequency model of the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper describes a high frequency database and model developed from both the economic and medical literature. This was used to provide a daily statistics and measures throughout the first wave of the pandemic in Ireland and across the globe with the aim of adding to the real time evidence for policy makers. Model estimates are reported for the critical early and peak stages of the pandemic.

The model is complementary to those used for public health policy as while it cannot estimate the rate of transmission that is critical for policy decisions, it has the flexibility to provide daily estimates and relative metrics for a large set of countries, such as the steepness of their fatalities curve.

A link to the paper can be found here

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Focused Policy Assessment of the Early Childhood Care and Education Higher Capitation Payment

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Higher Capitation (HC) payment is a key Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) policy lever that encourages ECCE Programme service providers to hire experienced graduates as Programme Room Leaders, and aims, thereby, to raise the quality of provision in the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) sector. The Focused Policy Assessment (FPA) of the ECCE HC payment was conducted by the Research and Evaluation Unit in DCYA. The purpose of the FPA was two-fold: to assess the rationale for the ECCE HC payment; and to review ECCE HC payment administration and implementation.

The full paper can be found here

A summary can be found here

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