Public Sector Reform

Public Sector Reform has been promoted as a key priority from within the Northern Ireland executive.

Whilst the Finance Minister has set out his desire to develop the role of the voluntary and community sector, NICVA want to ensure that our sector is fully prepared for potential challenges which may lie ahead.

Over the coming months we will publish a number of information papers which will explore the intricacies of reform and help organisations to prepare for the potential impacts of Public Sector Reform in Northern Ireland and its potentail effect on the voluntary and community sector.

Background information on public sector reform can be found in the links below:

Hamilton outlines extensive progress on Public Sector Reform

Idendependence Under Threat: The Voluntary sector in 2013 (The Baring Foundation)

Financial Transaction Capital (DFP)

Saving money by doing the right thing (Locality)

EU procurement directives to support organisations in Northern Ireland

NI public procurement policy (DFP)

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) DETI

Commissioning Report- New Philanthropy Capital 

Collaborating for Impact- New Philanthropy Capital 

Governance in the new commissioning landscape- New Philanthropy Capital 

Managing and Planning for risk- New Philanthropy Capital 


Public Sector Reform: Payment by Results

This briefing gives an overview of the key issues relating to Payment by Results. It is part of the Public Sector Reform series of papers.

More of the same will not work, Head of Civil Service says

The new Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, has told VCSE leaders that the cost of not changing will be to make things worse.

Early Intervention Transformation Programme Professional Development Initiative

The Professional Development initiative aims to improve outcomes for children and young people through building the skills and capabilities of professionals to adopt effective early intervention and prevention approaches

Review of regional support to voluntary and community organisations

VCU is initiating a review of its arrangements for supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) to ensure arrangements are fit for purpose for the next 5-7 years. 

Innovation Lab: A Review of Business Rates

NICVA was invited by the Public Sector Reform Division in DFP to participate in an innovation lab on a fundamental review of business rates.

Innovation conference - Development, Design and Delivery

NICVA and the Chief Executive's Forums conference on innovation in public service delivery saw speakers from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors address delegates on innovative processes and practices.

Public Sector Reform: Payment by Results

This briefing gives an overview of the key issues relating to Payment by Results. It is part of the Public Sector Reform series of papers.

Grants, grant-in-aid and procurement - a summary of official guidance

There are three main types of funding for voluntary and community organisations; grants, grant in aid, and procurement. This paper looks at them and outlines when it is appropriate to use them and the differences between them.

Sector Groups Meet with Finance Minister

Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance and Personnel met with representatives of the voluntary and community sector at NICVA on Thursday, 21 November.

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