As part of this work we facilitate a number of Departmental Monitoring Groups (previously Policy Fora), and we consult and respond to proposed legislative changes on a range of issues, as well as offering seminars and training to help you enhance your own policy work.
We regularly consult our members and the wider sector to gather your thoughts on what issues need to be lobbied on or brought to the attention of policy and decision makers, in particular with our Policy Manifesto.
Research and Reports
This research empirically tests some of the concerns that have been expressed in relation to contemporary procurement practice in Northern Ireland.
This report was commissioned by NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment to determine the economic/monetary impact of voluntary advice provision in Northern Ireland.
This report covers economic inequality in Northern Ireland – how high it is, how this compares to other countries, and how it has been changing.
This report considers the use of distributional analysis and weighting in economic assessments within central government in Northern Ireland.
This research aims to identify the fiscal impact of the changing age profile of Northern Ireland.
This report examines how public procurement in Northern Ireland can better encourage innovation – the creation of new processes, products, ideas and services.
This report estimates the costs that would be incurred if the Supporting People programme were to cease.
This report estimates the economic implications of providing universal childcare in Northern Ireland using cost-benefit analysis.
This report estimates the economic impact of introducing the Living Wage in Northern Ireland.
This report considers the implications of introducing Land Value Tax (LVT) in Northern Ireland.
This report considers the quality of the data available on the Northern Ireland economy and proposes ways in which existing datasets could be enhanced.
This report examines public attitudes and interest in economic issues in Northern Ireland.
This report considers the difficulties experienced in implementing social clauses in Northern Ireland and makes a number of recommendations for improving their use.
This report reviews the fiscal powers of the Northern Ireland Assembly and considers the scope for the devolution of additional powers.
This report estimates how the programme of welfare reform that began in 2010 impacts on Northern Ireland.
This report highlights some key concerns in relation to payday lending and loan sharks in Northern Ireland.
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NICVA's policy fora aim to enhance the capacity of organisations to make policy responses, coordinate policy information, participate in policy development, and influence decision making. Chaired by policy experts in each subject, the fora aims to meet 3-4 times a year in NICVA and venues across the country. Membership is open to any organisation or individual with an interest in these topics.
The policy fora are:
- Community Relations Policy Forum
- Arts Policy Forum
- Women's Policy Forum
- Men's Policy Forum
- Poverty Policy Forum Policy
- Policy and Lobbying Forum
- Volunteering Policy Forum
- Unemployment Policy Forum
- Social Economy Policy Forum
- Environment Policy Forum
- Criminal Justice Policy Forum
- Mental Health Policy Forum
- Older Peoples' Policy Forum