Sharing learning about public service reform in Ireland and Northern Ireland
CES organised a second Goal Learning Day in Newry in October. Goal Programme learning days bring together government departments working on Goal projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland, to share learning about public service reform and innovation.
Three different Goal projects were featured during the day. They included a presentation from the Department of Education and Skills (Ireland) about their project which aims to enhance the use of data in policy making. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (Ireland) spoke about their project which provides professional development opportunities to civil service staff in understanding evaluation. The Departments of Health and Education in Northern Ireland described their collaborative approach to the development of Children and Young Peoples Strategies.
CES is managing the Goal Programme, and has supported participating departments with technical skills, access to international expertise, engaging stakeholders and to produce tools and resources from their work. In 2017 we commissioned an independent evaluation of the Programme, to help understand what supports reform. A series of short vignettes about different aspects of the Programme is in production. The first two vignettes are now available. The first deals with the ‘Distinctive Elements of the Goal Programme’ and the second outlines how projects were selected.