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01/06/2022
Economy and Finance, Local Policies

Secretariat Paper 30_Towards Transformative Outcomes: Examples of how Well-being Frameworks have been Embedded into Policy Making
This research looks at how national well-being frameworks have been incorporated into budgeting a nd policy-making processes in New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. It also looks at the approach taken under Ireland’s Better Outcomes: Brighter Futures – The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020 (BOBF). BOBF is a sectoral policy framework, but has similar elements to those found in national well-being frameworks. Information was gathered through literature reviews and interviews with those working to design, implement and/or monitor the various well-being frameworks.

    Towards Transformative Outcomes

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14/01/2022
Social Policies

Secretariat Paper 29_Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy, A Shared Island Perspective on Mental Health
As part of the Shared Island research project this report from the NESC Secretariat looks at current and possible future co-operation around mental health on the island of Ireland, North and South. The issue of mental health has become increasingly visible in the public arena over the last two years. The COVID crisis has brought with it a range of different issues that have had the potential to negatively impact on mental health. As many of the concerns and policies around mental health are shared by the two jurisdictions, it is a good time to look at how increased dialogue and co-operation on some aspects of mental health could bring benefits to the wider island population. There are a number of examples of successful and current co-operation in the mental health sector. Some of it is led by the community and voluntary sector, often supported by European funding. In the border counties, there is also evidence of substantial informal interaction between services in the two jurisdictions. This report finds that there is an appetite for more formal settings for co-operation and that there could be substantial value in building on current initiatives as well as looking at new areas of co-operation.

    Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy, A Shared Island Perspective on Mental Health

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15/12/2021
Economy and Finance, Social Policies

Secretariat Paper 28_Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy, Sharing Knowledge and Lessons in Combatting Poverty
As part of the Shared Island research project this report from the NESC Secretariat shares knowledge and lessons in combatting poverty in the island of Ireland. The report finds that poverty is a concern for both parts of the island and both jurisdictions have an anti-poverty strategy or is in the process of preparing one, as well as policies and programmes to support disadvantaged groups and areas. A key learning from these programmes and initiatives is the importance of state, community, and voluntary bodies working together to address disadvantage, whilst listening to and drawing on the knowledge and experience of people living in these local areas. While cooperation across the island on addressing poverty is limited there are some initiatives that support this. The future challenge is to build on these initiatives by sharing knowledge and lessons to work towards the reduction of poverty on both parts of the island.

    Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy, Sharing Knowledge and Lessons in Combatting Poverty

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01/11/2021
Local Policies, Social Policies

Secretariat Paper 27_Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy, A Regional Perspective on Ireland, North and South
This report from the NESC Secretariat examines the economic features of regions across the island of Ireland, north and south. It is one of series of reports being published by NESC this year on the Shared Island. The report finds that across a range of variables for Ireland, there is a broad division between north and west of the country and the south and east. For the most part the more prosperous areas are south of a line between Galway and Dundalk. Within Northern Ireland, there is something of an east–west division: the more affluent areas are clustered around Belfast. The report also considers regional development issues. It points to the opportunity for deeper collaboration to promote balanced regional development on the island including the border area.

    Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy, A Regional Perspective on Ireland, North and South

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30/07/2021
Social Policies

Secretariat Paper 26_Building a New Relationship between Voluntary Organisations and the State in the Health and Social Care Sectors
The Dialogue Forum with Voluntary Organisations was established by the Minister of Health in 2019 with the aim of building a stronger working relationship between the State and the voluntary healthcare sector for the benefit of patients and service users and to facilitate regular dialogue with the voluntary sector on future policy and strategic developments. In June 2020, the Dialogue Forum commissioned the NESC Secretariat to explore the healthcare system’s response to Covid-19 crisis. Drawing on a series of qualitative interviews with senior policy makers and practitioners this study highlights how the healthcare system responded to the challenge of protecting citizens, in particular the most vulnerable, in a flexible, innovative and collaborative manner. The paper outlines many examples of organisational change and innovation in the way services were delivered and argues that they represent an unprecedented level of collaboration and cooperation between the state and voluntary organisations. The paper highlights that in the midst of a national emergency public and voluntary organisations forged an experimental and dynamic partnership, based on intensive engagement, open information exchange, and collective problem solving and deliberation linked to tangible action.

12/05/2021
Local Policies, Economy and Finance

Secretariat Paper 25_Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy The Island Economy
This paper is one of a series of papers being published by NESC this year on the shared island. It traces the evolution of the two economies, north and south, on the island of Ireland. It describes similarities and differences in the structure of the economies and the connections between them. Despite differences in the economies on the island, the expansion of cross-border trade and the increased interconnections of business on the island mean that to some extent an island economy has been developed

    Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy The Island Economy

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13/04/2021
Local Policies

Secretariat Paper 24_Housing and Urban Development Policy Priorities
In June 2020, the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) Secretariat was asked by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) to undertake research to address the following question: What are the policy options available to facilitate the delivery of public and private housing in line with the compact growth targets set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF) and related policies in a new Programme for Government?

    Housing and Urban Development Policy Priorities

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15/03/2021
Economy and Finance, Local Policies

Secretariat Paper 23_Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy The Good-Jobs Agenda
ood jobs are needed on all parts of the island of Ireland. ‘Poor’ jobs, low pay and precarious forms of employment are not new and digitisation, climate transition and globalisation have the potential to create more. The Covid-19 highlighted the high societal value placed on jobs in sectors such as healthcare, social care, public transport, retail, hospitality, and other essential services. However, for many individuals these jobs are low-income and higher risk. ‘Good jobs’ policy aims to tackle these sources of deepening labour market inequality. A new NESC Secretariat Paper explains that a ‘good jobs’ agenda is a drive to improve the quality and productivity of work and the experiences, incomes and standard of living of workers. The agenda is focused on measures and actions to improve job quality within the labour market. The paper draws on interviews with stakeholders in Ireland and Northern Ireland and finds strong support for an all-island approach to ‘good-jobs’.

    Shared Island: Projects, Progress & Policy The Good-Jobs Agenda

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17/02/2021
Local Policies

Secretariat Paper 22_Community Call: Learning for the Future
Community Call has been an experiment in partnership between national and local government, and the community and voluntary sector. It was set up at great speed in response to a major public health emergency. It delivered co-ordinated support to vulnerable people remaining at home during Covid-19 lockdowns. This paper looks at how Community Call was established, how it has developed, and the learning from this innovative programme.

    Community Call: Learning for the Future

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10/02/2021
Climate Change

Secretariat Paper 21_Shared Island Consultation: Climate and Biodiversity Challenges and Opportunities
As part of the Shared Island project, a Consultation Paper on Climate and Biodiversity Challenges and Opportunities was available in the first quarter of 2021. It provides an overview of the current state of knowledge and prevailing policy approaches for climate and biodiversity, in Ireland and Northern Ireland, touching also on UK, EU and international policies. Through a consultation process, the work will seek to incorporate the understandings of key stakeholders and form part of wider dialogue and engagement on the all-island dimensions of climate and biodiversity. NESC invited contributions and submissions to help inform this work and provide insights as to which of the areas outlined should be incorporated into its next phase of this research. This Consultation is Now Closed.

    Shared Island Consultation: Climate and Biodiversity Challenges and Opportunities

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