Policy

We are involved in a wide range of policy work - influencing, challenging and responding to proposed changes in how we are governed.

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

Procurement Practice in NI
Public Procurement Practice in Northern Ireland

This research empirically tests some of the concerns that have been expressed in relation to contemporary procurement practice in Northern Ireland.

The Economic Value of Advice
The Economic Value of Advice

This report was commissioned by NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment to determine the economic/monetary impact of voluntary advice provision in Northern Ireland.

Economic Inequality in Northern Ireland
Economic Inequality 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.

Distributional Analysis and Weighting in Central Government Assessments
Distributional Analysis and Weighting in Central Government Assessments

This report considers the use of distributional analysis and weighting in economic assessments within central government in Northern Ireland.

The Fiscal Implications of an Older Population in Northern Ireland

This research aims to identify the fiscal impact of the changing age profile of Northern Ireland.

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Fostering Innovation Through Public Procurement

This report examines how public procurement in Northern Ireland can better encourage innovation – the creation of new processes, products, ideas and services.

Supporting People
The Financial Benefits of the Supporting People Programme in Northern Ireland

This report estimates the costs that would be incurred if the Supporting People programme were to cease.

Universal Childcare in Northern Ireland Report Front Cover
Universal Childcare in Northern Ireland

This report estimates the economic implications of providing universal childcare in Northern Ireland using cost-benefit analysis.

An Economic Analysis of the Living Wage in Northern Ireland
An Economic Analysis of the Living Wage in Northern Ireland

This report estimates the economic impact of introducing the Living Wage in Northern Ireland.

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A Land Value Tax for Northern Ireland

This report considers the implications of introducing Land Value Tax (LVT) in Northern Ireland.

A Commentary on Economic Data in Northern Ireland
A Commentary on Economic Data 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.

Economic Attitudes in Northern Ireland Report Cover
Economic Attitudes in Northern Ireland

This report examines public attitudes and interest in economic issues in Northern Ireland.

Social Clauses in Northern Ireland Report Cover
Social Clauses 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.

Review of the Fiscal Powers of the Northern Ireland Assembly Report Cover
Review of the Fiscal Powers of the Northern Ireland Assembly

This report reviews the fiscal powers of the Northern Ireland Assembly and considers the scope for the devolution of additional powers.

The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland Report Cover
The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland

This report estimates how the programme of welfare reform that began in 2010 impacts on Northern Ireland.

Expensive Lending in Northern Ireland Report Cover
Expensive Lending in Northern Ireland

This report highlights some key concerns in relation to payday lending and loan sharks in Northern Ireland.

Policy Fora

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:

Contact

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Team

Andrea Thornbury Project Coordinator, Detail Data, ODI Belfast
Bob Harper Open Data Analyst, DetailData and ODI Belfast
Geoff Nuttall Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Jenny McEneaney Policy Development Officer
Philip Mynes Policy Development Officer