Research Papers 2013

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee for Finance and Personnel research papers published during 2013.

European Union Competitive Funding in Northern Ireland

- Date: 10/12/2013 - Author: Michael Scholes

This paper gives an overview of the European Union competitive funding policies and priorities of the Northern Ireland Executive. The paper also examines issues surrounding the drawdown of these funds in Northern Ireland.


Telework in the US Federal Government

- Date: 05/12/2013 - Author: Colin Pidgeon

This briefing paper provides further information and evidence to the Committee for Finance and Personnel in relation to the implementation in the United States of the Telework Enhancement Act 2010.


Financial forecasting by Northern Ireland departments 2012-13: an analysis

- Date: 26/09/2013 - Author: Colin Pidgeon

This paper presents from the Assembly’s perspective an analysis of Northern Ireland departments’ financial forecasting performance for the years 2011-12 and 2012-13. It seeks to identify whether performance improved in 2012-13 compared to the previous year. Particular attention is paid to the forecasting performance of the Department of Finance and Personnel. In addition, this paper provides the Committee for Finance and Personnel with an update following its recommendation that the Assembly’s statutory committees may wish to receive regular briefings from RaISe on the subject.


Spending Round 2013

- Date: 11/09/2013 - Author: Colin Pidgeon

This Briefing Note provides the Assembly with information on the implications of the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s Spending Round (SR) 2013 for Northern Ireland.


Cabinet Office Mystery Shopper Scheme

- Date: 08/07/2013 - Author: Michael Scholes

This paper considers the role of the Cabinet Office Mystery Shopper Scheme in Public Procurement Contracts.


Flexible working: further evidence

- Date: 08/07/2013 - Author: Colin Pidgeon

It updates RaISe paper Flexible Working 95/12 by providing a review of recent evidence. An in-depth case study of the United States’ federal agencies’ telework programme is also presented.


The Defamation Act 2013

- Date: 26/06/2013 - Author: Michael Potter

The paper briefly examines the Defamation Act in the light of current legislation concerning defamation in Northern Ireland and summarises the main points considered during debates during the passage of the Bill


NICS Human Resources: Shared Services

- Date: 26/06/2013 - Author: Gavin Moore

This research paper presents an overview of the performance of the e-HR Programme, with a particular emphasis on its key shared service deliverable, HRConnect. It tracks the projected benefits from the e-HR Programme’s Full Business Case across its subsequent performance reviews.


Public Service Pensions Bill Paper

- Date: 25/06/2013 - Author: Michael Heery, with Eileen Regan and Michael Potter

This Research Paper provides background on the Public Service Pensions Bill, which is to be debated at Second Stage on 25 June 2013.


Sub-economic tendering: Developments and Best Practice

- Date: 21/06/2013 - Author: Gareth Brown

This paper considers the issue of sub-economic/abnormally low tendering in the awarding of public contracts from an international comparative perspective.