Howlin sets up new unit to improve evaluation of spending
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin said last night that he was setting up a unit to improve the evaluation of government spending.
The Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) will provide analysis of key projects for all arms of government. The unit will employ between 20 and 30 staff, who will be recruited from the civil service and the private sector this May. Staff will be placed with other government departments to offer advice.
"The purpose of the new service is to support better policy-making across the system, through enhanced economic and policy analysis expertise," Mr Howlin said. "The work of the unit will support departments in evaluating policy and expenditure options; value for money exercises; cost benefit and regulatory impact analyses; and regulatory and competition issues."
Various independent reports have identified the need for more economists to evaluate projects.