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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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.

The full paper can be found here

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