Economic Advisory and Governance Unit

The Economic Advisory Unit is responsible for benchmarking reform initiatives against international perspectives and best practice.

Executive Reform Priorities

We provide direct input, as well as coordinating the input of the wider department, to executive priority areas of work including notably Green Growth, but also wider areas such as Community Planning and Social Economy.


We support the wider efficiency agenda including:

  • supporting all departments to respond to the New Decade New Approach commitment to complete a Review of Arm’s Length Bodies.
  • analysing the NI findings from an annual UK wide Cabinet Office survey which looks at how Shared Services are supporting Senior Civil Servants to achieve their objectives.

Social Investment

We benchmark the feasibility of developing the market for alternative forms of social finance for the Third Sector in NI, including Community Asset Transfer, Social Impact Bonds, Community Shares, Crowdfunding and Charity Bonds,

Wider Reform Offering

We provide economic support, advice and analysis to other teams within Public Sector Reform Division, namely the Business Consultancy Service  and Innovation Labs, to enable the provision of a comprehensive reform offering to other government departments and Arm’s Length Bodies.  

Previous workstreams

We played a key role in relation to the PSTF, which supported voluntary exit schemes across the public sector. Our role included:

  • supporting the design of the funding allocation methodology
  • overseeing the bidding process
  • monitoring of allocations, and
  • completing annual summary evaluations of the PSTF and a final four-year Longitudinal Review.

OCED Review of Public Governance

Previously we played a role in supporting the work of the OECD in carrying out the Review of Public Governance in Northern Ireland, this included:

  • liaising with OECD to develop the Terms of Reference for the Review
  • coordinating and implementing the review at various stages e.g. questionnaire, missions, case studies
  • managing the interface between Executive officials and the OECD, and assisting with the development of the government response to the Review through liaison with Executive and Departmental officials.

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