Audit and Governance

Oversight of State Bodies: Oversight Agreements, Performance Delivery Agreements and Key Performance Indicators

An important new aspect of the revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) is the focus on standardising and improving the agreements in place between Departments and aegis bodies, to provide, inter alia, for improved clarity of roles and responsibilities, performance expectations, reporting requirements and accountability. The Code recommends the development and adoption of an Oversight Agreement and a Performance Delivery Agreement in the case of each Department-State Body relationship, with the latter to include measurable deliverables and outputs to inform an improved performance dialogue. For these agreements to be meaningful and effective, however, it will require public sector managers to have a solid understanding and appreciation of the rationale and context for them, their key contents, and ability to develop, approve and use key performance indicators (KPIs).

The two-hour Specialist-Led course aims to provide concrete guidance to assist staff of both parent Departments and State Bodies in the development of formal Oversight Agreements and Performance Delivery Agreements, with a strong emphasis on performance, including KPIs and monitoring. This course follows a strong practical approach, with class exercises and live samples used throughout the session to facilitate the transfer of operational know-how and of relevant lessons learned across the public sector system.

Oversight of State Bodies

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This course has been modified for online delivery. This is a two-hour course which includes a 10 minute break. It will be remotely delivered through MS Teams and facilitated by subject matter experts.

Where possible and in the strictest respect of current public health guidelines, a small number of participants may be offered to participate in situ at the IPA Training and Education Centre in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Scheduled Dates and Times:

  • 24 November 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Commences

24 November 2020 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

Two Hour Online Course

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this online course is €160 per person.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

Oversight of State Bodies: Oversight Agreements, Performance Delivery Agreements and Key Performance Indicators

An important new aspect of the revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) is the focus on standardising and improving the agreements in place between Departments and aegis bodies, to provide, inter alia, for improved clarity of roles and responsibilities, performance expectations, reporting requirements and accountability. The Code recommends the development and adoption of an Oversight Agreement and a Performance Delivery Agreement in the case of each Department-State Body relationship, with the latter to include measurable deliverables and outputs to inform an improved performance dialogue. For these agreements to be meaningful and effective, however, it will require public sector managers to have a solid understanding and appreciation of the rationale and context for them, their key contents, and ability to develop, approve and use key performance indicators (KPIs).

The two-hour Specialist-Led course aims to provide concrete guidance to assist staff of both parent Departments and State Bodies in the development of formal Oversight Agreements and Performance Delivery Agreements, with a strong emphasis on performance, including KPIs and monitoring. This course follows a strong practical approach, with class exercises and live samples used throughout the session to facilitate the transfer of operational know-how and of relevant lessons learned across the public sector system.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this Oversight of State Bodies course, participants will have:

  • A solid understanding of the rationale and background to Oversight and Performance Delivery Agreements with reference to Code of Practice and recent reports
  • A good understanding of the content required in the agreements and rationale for same
  • A good familiarity with the concept of KPIs, including how to identify and develop relevant indicators given the specific operational context of state bodies
  • A greater understanding of appropriate monitoring processes and performance impact assessment.
Course Content

This Oversight of State Bodies: Oversight Agreements, Performance Delivery Agreements and Key Performance Indicators course will cover the following areas:

  • Oversight Agreements: context/rationale, key elements, sample assessment
  • Key Performance Indicators: Accounting for performance, developing KPIs, challenges and pitfalls
  • Performance Delivery Agreements: context/rationale, key elements, sample assessment
Course Leader

This course will be delivered by members of our experienced Governance Team, who have first-hand experience of the challenges faced by Departments and State Bodies in setting out adequate governance and performance frameworks.

 

 

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