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Focussed Policy Assessment of Rural Social Scheme. Numbers on Community Employment, Tús up

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, told Dara Calleary (FF, Mayo) that the Central Evaluation Unit of his department was expected to provide ealy in the new year a draft of its Focussed Policy Assessment of the Rural Social Scheme (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th December 2012, 370; 20th December 2012, 1027).  These assessments were a new format for streamlined evaluations, complementing value for money and policy reviews, being designed to stimulate and challenge thinking within the broader system of public policy and were not intended to necessarily reflect the view of the minister or department.  This particular assessment would examine the rationale of the scheme, its relevance and to a lesser extent its effectiveness.  The method comprised a review of programme documentation and previous evaluations, analysis of wider developments and quantitative data analysis.  It was not envisaged that there be meetings with sponsors, supervisors or participants.  He told Eamon O Cuiv (FF, Galway W) that on finalization, the assessment would be published on the department’s website.


Later, the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told him that Dara Calleary numbers on Tús and Community Employment would be extended by 2,500 and 2,000 respectively in 2013 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th December 2012, 392).