Dr. Richard Boyle

Position: Head of Research, Publishing & Corporate Relations
Email: rboyle@ipa.ie
Telephone: 00 353 1 240 3600

Richard has worked with the IPA since 1986.  His research interests focus on public service modernisation, managing for results in the public sector and developing and implementing effective performance management and evaluation systems.  He has researched and written extensively on public service reform.  He has worked widely with Irish central and local government, the OECD and the World Bank.  He has published numerous books and papers on public service management.  He is a member of the International Evaluation Working Group on policy and programme evaluation. On the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Sector Management. On the board of the European Evaluation Society (2002-2005), and chair of the Irish Evaluation Network.

Selected Publications:

  • ‘Observations on the ‘look back’ process for rounds one and two of the Organisational Review Programme and general observations on the ORP exercise’, in Department of Public Expenditure and Reform,Organisational Review Programme Progress Report on Implementation, Dublin: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 2012, pp.69-74
  • ‘Observations by Dr. Richard Boyle on the Third Round of the ORP’, in Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Third Report of the Organisational Review Programme, Dublin: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 2012, pp.144-146
  • Public Sector Trends 2011, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, State of the Public Service Series, Research Paper No. 6, 2011
  • Better Use of Public Money: The Contribution of Spending Reviews and Performance Budgeting, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, State of the Public Service Series, Research Paper No. 5, 2011
  • Fit for Purpose? Challenges for Irish Public Administration and Priorities for Public Service Reform, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration (with Muiris MacCarthaigh), State of the Public Service Series, Research Paper No. 4, 2011
  • Performance Reporting: Insights from International Practice, Managing for Results series, Washington D.C.: IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2009
  • (ed.) Integrating and Transforming Public Services: Perspectives on the OECD Review, Special Issue ofAdministration, Vol. 57, No. 1, 2009, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration (with Michael Mulreany)
  • ‘The changing face of the Irish public service’, in M. Mulreany (ed.), Serving the State: The Public Sector in Ireland, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2009, pp.11-28
  • ‘Democracy and government over the coming decades’, in M. Callanan (ed.), Ireland 2022: Towards One Hundred Years of Self Government, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2007, pp.181-192
  • ‘Public Sector Productivity Measurement: An Impossible Task?’, in C. Aylward and R. O’Toole (eds.),Perspectives on Irish Productivity, Dublin: Forfás, 2007, pp.100-115
  • Comparing Public Administrations, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2007, CPMR Research Report No. 7
  • Civil Service Performance Indicators, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2005, CPMR Discussion Paper No. 29
  • Changing Local Government: A Review of the Local Government Modernisation Programme (with Peter Humphreys, Joanna O’Riordain, Virpi Timonen and Orla O’Donnell), Dublin Institute of Public Administration, 2003, CPMR Research Report, No. 5
  • Promoting Longer-Term Policy Thinking (with Joanna O’Riordain and Orla O’Donnell), Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2002, CPMR Discussion Paper, No. 22
  • A New Change Agenda for the Irish Public Service, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2001, CPMR Discussion Paper, No. 17
  • The Role of Strategy Statements (with Síle Fleming), Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2000, CPMR Research Report No. 2
  • ‘Civil Service Reform in the Republic of Ireland’, Public Money and Management, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1997, pp.49-53.

Selected Consultancy Reports:

  • ‘Review of draft key performance indicators’, report for Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, July 2011
  • ‘Public funding of the non-governmental age sector in Ireland’, report for Older & Bolder, June 2010
  • ‘Output statements’, background paper for Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies, October 2009 (with colleagues from research division)
  • ‘Performance agreements for agencies’, background paper for Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies, October 2009 (with colleagues from research division)
  • ‘Benchmarking the Hong Kong Public Service 2008’, report for the Hong Kong Efficiency Unit, April 2009
  • ‘Performance measurement’, report for the Hong Kong Efficiency Unit, July 2008
  • ‘External Quality Review of VFM Published Reports’, report for the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, June 2008 (with colleagues from the Whitaker School of Government and Management)
  • ‘Developing a Performance Monitoring Framework for the Office of Environmental Enforcement’, report for the Environmental Protection Agency, September 2007
  • ‘Developing a Framework for Evaluating ERTDI Research Projects’, report for the Environmental Protection Agency, March 2006
  • ‘Evaluation Capacity Development in the Republic of Ireland’, report to the World Bank Operations Evaluation Department (published in World Bank ECD Working Paper Series - No. 14, June 2005.
  • Effectiveness Indicators, report for the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 2005
  • ‘Automony versus Accountability: managing government funding of voluntary and community organsiations’, report funded by Third Sector Research Programme grant from the Royal Irish Academy, 2003
  • ‘TecNet Evaluation’ (with Epsiton Consulting) report for Enterprise Ireland 2002
  • ‘Homeless Initiative - Final Evaluation Report’, report to the Homeless Initiative, (with Michelle Butler and Orla O’Donnell), 2001
  • ‘Guidelines for the preparation of strategy statements under the Public Service Management Act, 1997’, report for the Department of the Taoiseach, 2000
  • ‘The National Children’s Strategy - Enhancing Policy Coordination: Key Structure and Process Issues’, report for the National Children’s Strategy 2000
  • ‘Adapting Institutional Structures to Ensure a More Effective Policy Process’, background document prepared for the National Economic and Social Council, 1999.

Mailing List

Do you wish to join our mailing list?

Email