The Evaluation Unit provides analysis, research and evaluation services to the Department. Its primary objective is to foster a culture of evaluation across all sections of the Department so that decisions on policy and programmes are evidence-based, have clear objectives, and are subject to rigorous appraisal, monitoring and evaluation. To do this, the Unit assists colleagues across the Department by providing economic, statistical and analytical support on policies, programmes and projects as they arise. In addition, the Evaluation Unit undertakes a range of discrete evaluations to inform future decision-making by the Department.
The Evaluation Unit undertakes a range of discrete evaluations to inform future decision-making by the Department as follows:
- Value for Money and Policy Reviews
- Spending Reviews and Focused Policy Assessments
- Other evaluations
The Evaluation Unit also has responsibility for supporting compliance with the Public Spending Code and the preparation of the annual Quality Assurance Process report. The Evaluation Unit works closely with the Central Expenditure Evaluation Unit (CEEU) in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The CEEU supports Government Departments and Agencies in promoting best practice in the appraisal, management and evaluation of programme and project expenditure.
The Evaluation Unit is part of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service, a cross-Government service to enhance the economic and value for money analysis in public policy making.
Evaluation Unit, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry