Supporting public services reform - The Goal Programme

Status: Ongoing


Governments in both Northern Ireland and Ireland are currently engaged in significant civil and public sector reform. Initiatives in Ireland include the Public Sector Reform Plan 2014-2016 and the Civil Service Renewal Plan published in 2014. In Northern Ireland, a range of reforms are proposed under the Stormont House Agreement and an OECD review.  

CES is assisting government departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland in undertaking reform and systems change initiatives to improve outcomes for people using public services. In this work CES will draw from its experience of supporting whole of government approaches and helping government to implement a number of programmes, systems change and capacity building initiatives. 

Overview of CES work

This programme of work called the Goal Programme for Public Service Reform in Ireland and Northern Ireland aims to equip public servants to deliver systemic change in public services in Ireland and Northern Ireland, in order to improve outcomes for citizens and people using human services. CES, together with a range of partners, will collaborate with Government departments and agencies to implement a number of large scale sectoral reform projects. 

Evidence and experience from public sector reform initiatives in Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally will inform the work. Key aspects of the programme include supporting public sector reform at leadership level, developing capacities and opportunities for staff in the public system, and providing implementation support for selected projects.

This work will be undertaken from 2016 to 2018. Governments in Ireland and Northern Ireland are investing in the programme through their commitment to collaborating with CES and engaging with the programme.