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.



Improving strategic approaches through enhanced co-ordination and better use of evidence in Northern Ireland

This chapter is the first of two chapters to discuss the theme of improving strategic approaches as the first of Northern Ireland’s thematic priorities for this Public Governance Review. This chapter assesses Northern Ireland’s capacity to pursue its strategic objectives for its people and society in key social and economic areas. This chapter notes several factors which contribute to effective public policy and programmes including the ability to co-ordinate across administrative silos and evidence-based decision making and performance monitoring.


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