Research Papers

The Institute has the only dedicated public management research resource nationally. Scroll down the page to see our latest products and to access links from which you can download copies of our reports and papers from our Insight Briefs, State of the Public Service research series, Local Government research series, Local Authority Times newsletter, Working Papers, papers produced for the Committee for Public Management Research (pre 2008), and other research reports.

If you have a research related query please contact Carolyn Gormley in the first instance.

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Public Sector Trends 2019

Public Sector Trends 2019 examines trends in public sector development and is the tenth in our annual series. The intention is to help inform the debate on Ireland's public sector and public administration, and its role in Irish society.

Here we try to bring some evidence to bear on the important debate on the future shape, size and direction of the public sector. Using data gathered from a number of sources, information on the size and cost of the public sector, the quality of public administration, efficiency and performance, and levels of trust and confidence is presented in a simple but rigorous manner.


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The Goal Programme for Public Service Reform and Innovation: Evaluation Executive Summary

The Goal Programme for Public Service Reform and Innovation: Evaluation Executive Summary

The Goal Programme, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, centred around nine strategic sectoral reform projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This summary highlights the main findings from the evaluation of the programme.


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The Goal Programme for Public Service Reform and Innovation: Full Report

The Goal Programme for Public Service Reform and Innovation: Full Report

The Goal programme, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, involved seven government departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland delivering, and learning from, nine public service reform and innovation programmes in collaboration with the Centre for Effective Services, over the period 2016 - 2019. Between 2017 and 2019, an evaluation team from the Institute of Public Administration carried out an evaluation of the programme. The report highlights progress with regard to achieving the desired short-term outcomes, identifies the factors that can help and hinder public sector reform, and draws out lessons for future public service reform programmes and projects.


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Furthering Citizen Engagement in Local Authority Budgetary Processes through Participatory Budgeting In Ireland – Feasibility Study

Enhancing engagement with citizens is at the forefront of our public services at both local and national level. Local authorities are no strangers to citizen engagement, but there is always scope to explore new ways of working and ways to enhance existing processes in order to provide the best possible outcomes for citizens. At the national level, Ireland’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan 2016-2018 commits to increased citizen engagement to improve policies and service delivery.1 One commitment under this plan is to undertake a feasibility study on possible means of enabling further citizen engagement in local authority budgetary processes. This report was commissioned by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the lead implementing organisation for the commitment, with the support of the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG).


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Workforce Planning in the Irish Public Service

This Research Paper was commissioned as part of Our Public Service 2020 (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 2017). This is the current reform programme for the public service. Action 13 requires the public service to mainstream workforce planning. A decision was made by the Action 13 working group to commission an updated research paper from the IPA to support them in their key objectives of:

  • Advancing strategic workforce planning as a discipline within the public sector
  • Ensuring the value proposition of strategic workforce planning is understood across the public sector
  • Considering shared approaches to common workforce challenges.

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