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.

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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.

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Focused Policy Assessment of Housing Adaptation Grants

As part of the reformed multi-annual budgetary framework, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government undertook a Focused Policy Assessment of the Housing Adaptation Grant (HAG) schemes. These schemes are aimed at assisting people to carry out works and repairs to their private residences, thereby facilitating continued, independent, occupancy of their own homes by older people and people with a disability.

This assessment examines the HAG schemes with a view to identifying the rationale and overall policy objectives of the programme and examining their continuing relevance, as well as identifying the level and trend of the financial inputs to the grant schemes and, based on outputs achieved, determining the efficiency with which those financial inputs are allocated.

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The Use of Carbon Tax Funds in 2020

In Budget 2020, the Minister for Finance announced that the projected revenue raised by a €6 increase of the carbon tax in 2020 will be ring-fenced to protect those most exposed to higher fuel and energy costs, to support a just transition for displaced workers and to invest in new climate action. This paper details the allocation of these funds to specific spending programmes, as announced on Budget Day. It also details how the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will ensure that funds allocated via the carbon tax increase are spent by Departments on these specific programmes.

The paper also details new ex-ante performance metrics that have been included in the Revised Estimates Volume 2020 for those programmes receiving additional funds via the carbon tax.

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