Research Papers 2016

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Committee for the Executive Office in 2016.

Issues relating to public services Ombudsmen and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

- Date: 14/12/2016

This briefing paper has been prepared following a request from the Committee for the Executive Office. The Committee asked for information on the following; examples of Ombudsman’s offices which have been subject of investigation by another Ombudsman, and options for recourse which currently exist for those who are unhappy with the actions or reports of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

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International Human Rights Standards: Recommendations Relating to Northern Ireland

- Date: 16/11/2016

The UK has obligations under international human rights instruments. The Treaty monitoring processes linked to these obligations generate issues for consideration in upholding international human rights standards and some of these observations are specific to Northern Ireland. This paper has been written to assist the Committee for the Executive Office in its scrutiny role and it summarises Northern Ireland-specific concluding observations of the various international monitoring bodies.

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International Relations Outside the European Union: Norway and Switzerland

- Date: 09/11/2016

This briefing paper has been prepared to support the Committee of the Executive Office in its scrutiny of the Executive in its actions in relation to the exit of the UK from the European Union. The paper takes two non-EU Member States in Europe – Norway and Switzerland – and examines how they interact with the EU and internationally.

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Non-EU UK Treaty Obligations: An Overview

- Date: 05/10/2016

This paper has been compiled to support the Committee for the Executive Office in its consideration of the potential impacts for Northern Ireland of UK withdrawal from the European Union.

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Arms-Length Bodies of the Executive Office

- Date: 14/09/2016

This paper summarises functional and financial aspects of the following arms-length bodies under the responsibility of the Executive Office: The Community Relations Council; The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland; The Commission for Victims and Survivors; The Victims and Survivor Service. The paper briefly explains the role and function of each body and outlines costs associated with each, indicating administration and programme costs.

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Outcomes-Based Government: Scrutiny of Outcomes

- Date: 14/09/2016

This paper has been compiled in the context of scrutiny by the Committee for the Executive Office of the outcomes-based approach of the Northern Ireland Programme for Government 2016-21. The paper builds on previous research regarding the model of outcomes-based government used by the Northern Ireland Executive.

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EU Referendum Update

- Date: 08/09/2016

The paper provides an update on developments following the EU referendum, held on 23 June 2016, in which a majority of voters across the UK voted for the UK to leave the EU. The paper focuses on developments in Northern Ireland and includes an overview of the range of policy issues that departments might be expected to consider as they assess the potential impacts of UK withdrawal from the EU.

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Outcomes-based government

- Date: 01/07/2016

This briefing paper has been prepared for the Committee for the Executive Office which, in the context of its consideration of the Executive’s draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21 (the draft PfG Framework), requested information on outcomes-based approaches to public governance in other jurisdictions.

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