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The REU, as the representative of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) within DCYA, is responsible for conducting evaluation projects in policy areas across the Department, in fulfilment of Public Spending Code requirements.

The REU’s work supports the development of evidence-based policy, while also supporting the broader aim of improving outcomes for children and young people. 

Projects include Focused Policy Assessments, Value for Money and Policy Reviews and engagement in Spending Review cycles, with technical and evaluation inputs also provided to Units across the DCYA on an ongoing basis.

See here for a link to the most recent Focused Policy Assessment paper ‘Focused Policy Assessment of the Affordable Childcare Scheme: Cost Drivers, Model Assumptions and Policy Extensions’

This FPA paper identifies and assesses key cost drivers for the Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS) and presents a range of cost estimates based on the 2016 ACS Policy Paper approved by Government, referred to as the ‘core model’. A number of alternative estimates are also presented, where individual key cost drivers have been altered based on theoretical policy changes. 

The paper builds on the 2016 Paper, with a refresh of the cost model developed by the DCYA Early Years Division. This model will be key to ACS cost estimates and sensitivity analyses in the coming years. The paper concludes with analysis of the ESRI SWITCH microsimulation model for the Affordable Childcare Scheme and describes key similarities and differences between the DCYA and SWITCH models.

For a range of Focused Policy Assessments from across the whole of Government see the IGEES website.

The Value for Money Review, ‘Value for Money and Policy Review of Youth Programmes’, is also available here.