Periodic Critical Reviews: Considering Methods and Practice

The Governance Forum convened earlier today (25 April 2019) for the seventh event in our 2019 programme, on this occasion on the topic of Periodic Critical Reviews: Considering Methods and Practice. The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) requires Departments to critically review each state body under their aegis, with a focus on the ongoing business case for the entity, its performance and efficiency and effectiveness, and its governance arrangements. The results of each review are to be routinely published.

The Forum participants heard from Emma Reeves of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government about a near-completed PCR of the Valuation Tribunal, and from John Laffan of the Department of Justice and Equality on his experience of the review of a proposed merger of three state bodies into a new Tailte Éireann, as well as the Department’s thinking in respect of PCRs. Finally, Dr. Tom Ward of the Governance Team and the IPA presented to the Forum on possible parameters and themes for consideration in undertaking a PCR, as well as the experience of Triennial and Tailored Reviews in the UK, and issues, planning and risks with evaluation exercises.

The relevant presentations can be accessed here:

Also here is a link to the UK Cabinet Office guidance on Tailored Reviews: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/633573/Tailored_Review_Guidance_on_public_bodies_V1.2_July_2017.pdf