Running Randomised Control Tests in Practice

Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) have become increasingly popular among policymakers, partly thanks to the growing interest in applying behavioural insights and the strong preference for evaluating behavioural insights projects using RCTs. This short note aims to present some initial learnings from the unit’s experience of running RCTs.

The full paper can be found here.

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Compositional Analysis of Labour Force and Inactive Working Age Population

This paper analyses the recent growth trends in the working age population, the labour force and the numbers of working age persons outside the labour force classified as inactive. In the next section, it sets out the current labour market context and how Ireland compares against peer economies; in the third section examines the recent trends in the labour force compared to the working age population; in the fourth section, it explores the composition and recent trends concerning the inactive working age population. In section five, it contextualises the recent trends in inactivity by examining the trends for each of the four sub-categories of inactivity. Finally it draws out some key messages for policy.

The full paper can be found here.

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Evaluation of Irish Aid’s Provincial Programme in Inhambane and Niassa provinces, Mozambique 2007-2016

The Evaluation of Irish Aid’s Provincial Programme in Inhambane and Niassa provinces, Mozambique 2007-2016 assessed the effectiveness and performance of the Provincial Programmes, in order to inform the development of a new Mission Strategy in Mozambique.

The evaluation covered two programme cycles. The programme for the first period, 2007-2011, specifically sought to align with Mozambique’s poverty reduction strategy (PARPA II). Irish Aid’s Country Strategy Paper for the period 2012-2016 was organised around three broad outcomes that focused on reducing poverty and vulnerability by enhancing livelihoods, particularly at provincial level, improving health and learning outcomes, particularly for women and vulnerable groups, and improving government accountability to citizens and particularly the poor.

The full paper is available here.

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VFMR Tracker 2015 – 2017

Expenditure programmes are subject to review under the established system of Value for Money and Policy Reviews (VFMs).  Departments subject major blocks of expenditure to rigorous evaluation over a 3-year cycle.  By systematically analysing the performance of programmes, these reviews provide evidence to support more informed decisions about priorities between and within expenditure programmes. The government agreed a new program of Value for Money Reviews on the 14th of July 2015 and that round was to cover expenditure between 2015 – 2017.

Following it’s completion, the published work from the 2015 – 2017 cycle, can be found here.

The complete VFMR Tracker for the 2015 – 2017 cycle can be found here.

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