Value for Money Reviews

Value for Money Reviews and Focused Policy Assessments

The Value for Money and Policy Review Initiative is a systematic process of evaluation conducted by government departments and offices under the guidance of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Its objectives are to analyse Exchequer spending in a systematic manner and to provide a basis on which more informed decisions can be made on priorities within and between programmes.

The Public Spending Code introduced a new method of review in the form of a Focused Policy Assessment (FPA). To optimise the effectiveness of the FPAs, it is intended that the overarching process will be flexible and not overly prescriptive, however it is envisaged that the FPAs:

  • Operate under a clear mandate from the relevant official with responsibility for Programme area and the Head of CEEU.
  • Are conducted by a Department’s evaluation unit and / or by an evaluator from CEEU. Ideally there should be no more than one or two evaluators.
  • Have tightly framed terms of reference focusing on the key issue at hand.
  • Do not require a steering committee; the responsibility of the evaluation should be under the management of the head of the departmental evaluation unit or the head of CEEU, as appropriate.
  • Are completed within tight timeframes, 3 months as a rule.
  • Are routinely published on http://publicspendingcode.per.gov.ie subject to any necessary redactions arising under FOI legislation. Redactions should be kept to the minimum necessary and a justification for redactions should be published with the document.

The outcomes of the reviews and assessments input into ongoing policy development and inform decision making within the relevant areas of the Department.

The Department of Education and Skills has agreed a Value for Money Programme with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for the period 2015-2017 and is working to complete the programme.

Contact

The Value for Money Review process is centrally co-ordinated by the Central Policy Unit, while the reviews themselves are carried out by Central Policy Unit and the relevant line section. 

Address: Central Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. D01 RC96

Phone: (01) 889 6439 / 6529 / 6549

Reviews completed are listed below

Title
Sector
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Youth Encounter Project (YEP) Schools Value for Money Review

                  download Youth Encounter Project (YEP) Schools Value for Mo...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
A Value for Money Review of Expenditure on the Special Needs Assistant Scheme 2007/8 to 2010June 2011

                  download A Value for Money Review of Expenditure on the Spe...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Value for Money Review of the ICT undergraduate skills programme

                  download Value for Money Review of the ICT undergraduate sk...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Value for Money Review of programmes managed by Teacher Education Section

                  download Value for Money Review of programmes managed by Te...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Value for Money review of Youthreach and Senior Traveller Training Centre Programmes

                  download Value for Money review of Youthreach and Senior Tr...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Review of the School Transport Scheme

                  download Review of the School Transport Scheme
 
 
Language Support for Immigrants

                  download Language Support for Immigrants
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Value for Money Review of the ICT Support Service for Schools

                  download Value for Money Review of the ICT Support Service ...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Expenditure Review of the Small and Rural Schools Initiative and the Permanent Accommodation Initiative

                  download Expenditure Review of the Small and Rural Schools ...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Expenditure Review of the Supply Teacher Scheme for Primary Schools - Final Report (File Format PDF 630KB)

                  download Expenditure Review of the Supply Teacher Scheme fo...
 

Author: Internal Audit

 
 
 
Review of the Completed EGF Programmes in Support of Redundant Workers in Dell, Waterford Crystal and SR Technics

                  download Review of the Completed EGF Programmes in Support ...
 

Author: NDP/Structural Funds

 
 
 
An Evaluation of the Special Education Support Service (SESS)

                  download An Evaluation of the Special Education Support Ser...
 

Author: Teacher Education Section

 
 
 
Value for Money Review of Small Primary Schools 2013
Primary

                  download Value for Money Review of Small Primary Schools 20...
 

Author: Forward Planning Section

 
 
 
Focused Policy Assessment of Early Childhood Education and the ECCE Scheme

                  download Focused Policy Assessment of Early Childhood Educa...
 

Author: Central Policy Unit

 
 
 
Focused Policy Assessment of Data on Special Needs Assistants

                  download Focused Policy Assessment of Data on Special Needs...
 

Effective From: 16/08/2016

Author: Central Policy Unit

 
 
 

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