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.



Northern Ireland for a common purpose

This chapter discusses the principal findings of this Public Governance Review and proposes a series of considerations for the implementation of its recommendations. Based on experiences of other OECD countries the conclusion proposes for Northern Ireland a process of incremental reform based on dialogue with key stakeholders inside the public sector and beyond. This chapter further proposes that the governance of Northern Ireland public sector reforms, including the implementation of the recommendations of the Review, be assigned to a dedicated project office in order to provide for a whole-ofgovernment approach.


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