Value for Money and Policy Reviews
The Government’s Value for Money and Policy Review (VFMPR) Initiative is part of a framework introduced to secure improved value for money from public expenditure. Following discussions with Departments, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform formulates a list of programmes for review over a three year period.
The objective of the VFMPR is 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.
As part of the Government approved programme of Value for Money and Policy Reviews, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht undertook a Value for Money and Policy Review of the Arts Council (2009 to 2012).
The report on that review was published by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 17 September 2015.
The report may be downloaded here:
The review analysed the activities of the Arts Council over the period 2009 to 2012 with a view to establishing the efficiency and effectiveness with which it undertakes its work. It also made recommendations on the future operation of the Arts Council.
The review was overseen by a steering committee chaired by Dr. John O’Hagan, Professor of Economics at Trinity College, with a broad membership including representatives from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Public Expenditure and Reform, Justice and Equality and Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Arts Council was also represented on the steering committee.