assessment and recommendations
Public administration reforms in Northern Ireland are based on the following areas:
- improving strategic approaches,
- improving operational delivery of services to citizens and businesses,
- improving engagement with people.
This Review provides an assessment and recommendations on the following issues:
- strategy-setting and co-ordination,
- strategic government-wide human resources management,
- open government,
- regulatory reform,
- digital government.
- Build on current strengths and work in a more co-ordinated manner by reducing the institutional and administrative barriers that undermine ability to address multidimensional challenges through integrated policy responses.
- Reinforce the mandate of its centre-of-government institutions by, for example, enhancing the Executive Office’s co-ordination capacity and focus its mandate on partnering effectively with the Department of Finance so that they can jointly work across governmental silos to pursue integrated outcomes for people more effectively and more inclusive growth for the region.
- Reinforce within the senior civil service a sense of community based on a shared commitment to serve a “single government”, while encouraging innovation in all levels of the administration.
- Establish a framework for the application of early intervention and prevention as a building block for new social policies and programmes, and strengthening data-driven analysis for improving service design and delivery.
- Building stronger standards and accountability for digital services, strengthening centralised capacity for digital delivery, increasing NI residents’ access to on-line government services, and enhancing Northern Ireland’s international engagement in digital government and innovation.
- Enhance public trust in the government’s ability to pursue better outcomes for people by improving dialogue with key stakeholders, notably from the community and voluntary sectors, and strengthen transparency and accountability mechanisms.