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.



Introduction to the Public Governance Review of Northern Ireland case studies

Northern Ireland’s (NI) Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) commissioned the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in November 2014 to undertake a Public Governance Review (PGR) 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 Northern Ireland’s own medium-term priorities for public-administration reform. Under the Terms of Reference for the PGR the OECD also undertook five case studies focusing on specific topics that fall within the responsibility of NI departments and which highlight issues raised within the main report (OECD, 2014).


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