Northern Ireland (United Kingdom): Implementing Joined-up Governance for a Common Purpose

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Northern Ireland is currently undertaking public administration reforms organised around three main objectives: improving strategic approaches, improving operational delivery of services to citizens and businesses, and improving engagement with people. This review supports those reforms by providing an assessment and recommendations on a wide range of issues, including strategy-setting and co-ordination, strategic government-wide human resources management, open government, regulatory reform and digital government. It highlights areas where Northern Ireland possesses strengths upon which to build future reforms and suggests actions for the future. This is the first Public Governance Review to be conducted by the OECD at the subnational level.



Assessment and recommendations

In November 2014, Northern Ireland’s Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) commissioned the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to undertake a Public Governance Review (PGR or “the Review”) of Northern Ireland (NI). Its purpose is to provide an assessment of, and recommendations on, public-sector reform in Northern Ireland that will align with the NI government’s own medium-term priorities for public-administration reform. This PGR focuses on analysing factors affecting reform to assist NI in pursuing improvements to public-service delivery and enhancing value for money. As requested by NI, in assessing Northern Ireland’s policy direction and capacity to implement reform, it also identifies areas in need of further reform that could be pursued as a complement to those already launched, and advises on possible courses of action to assist the Government of Northern Ireland in meeting its reform objectives.


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