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IPA Research Team Biographies

Dr. Richard Boyle's core work since joining the Institute of Public Administration has been for the Committee for Pubilc Management Research. Has undertaken numerous major studies on public management issues for the Committee. His main activities have been in the areas of performance management and evaluation, and public service reform.

He has engaged in a number of major consultancy projects for public sector organisations in Ireland, particularly in the fields of programme evaluation, strategic management and performance management. For example: production of background documents for the National Childrens Strategy and National Economic and Social Council strategy reports; evaluation of the Homeless Initiative; review of business plans for the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands; review of local government management trends for the County and City Managers Association; quality assurance project for Limerick Regional Hospital; external referee for value-for-money study of Administrative Budgets for the Comptroller and Auditor General; review of partnership practice for L'eargas; production of local economic development policy for Dublin County Council. Dr. Boyle has sat on steering groups for a range of evaluation studies. He is a member of the Institute of Business Analysts and Consultants.

Internationally, has conducted research on behalf of the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank, and the European Group of Public Administration. Consultancy work includes: assignments on performance management and performance contracting for OECD public management service; acting as external expert in study on quality of evaluations for the European Commission; input to World Bank deliberations on evaluation capacity development. Member of the International Evaluation Working Group on policy and programme evaluation. On the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Sector Management.

Books and Book Chapters

  • "Assessment of Performance Reports: A Comparative Perspective", in R. Schwartz and J. Mayne (eds.), Quality Matters: Seeking Confidence in Evaluation, Auditing and Performance Reporting, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2004.
  • "Autonomy versus Accountability: Managing Government Funding of Voluntary and Community Organisations", Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2003 (with Michelle Butler).
  • "A Partnership Approach to Change: The Civil Service Reform Programme in the Republic of Ireland", in B. Nolan (ed.), Public Sector Reform: An International Perspective, London: Macmillan Press Limited, 2001.
  • (ed.) "Building Effective Evaluation Capacity", New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1999 (with Donald Lemaire)
  • "Implementation of the US Government Performance and Results Act 1993: Commentary", in OECD, Performance Management in Government, Public Management Occasional Paper No. 9, Paris: OECD, 1996, pp. 87-92.
  • (ed.) "From Intent to Action: The Management of Strategic Issues in the Public Sector", Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 1996 (with Tony McNamara).
  • "Informational Infrastructure and Water Policy in Ireland", in P. Frissen et al. (eds), European Public Administration and Informatization, Amsterdam: CIS Press, 1992, pp. 407-420.
  • "Large Scale Information Systems in Ireland", in P. Frissen et al. (eds), European Public Administration and Informatization, Amsterdam: CIS Press, 1992, pp. 241-252.
  • "Informatization Policies in Ireland", in P. Frissen et al. (eds), European Public Administration and Informatization, Amsterdam: CIS Press, 1992, pp. 89-100.

Articles and Conference Papers/Presentations

  • "Performance indicators: some practical suggestions for departments", presentation to Management Information Framework Seminar, Dublin, November 2004.
  • "Key themes in public administration reform: some reflections from Ireland", presentation to Summer Seminar for Young Public Servants from Southeastern Europe, Economic Policy Institute, Varna, Bulgaria, September 2004.
  • "Review of developments, structure and management in the public sector 2003", (with Mark Callanan, Tony McNamara, Michael Mulreany, Anne O'Keeffe, Joanna O'Riordan and Tim O'Sullivan), Administration, Vol.51, No. 4, 2003, pp. 3-46.
  • "Working in partnership on social inclusion: the internal dimension", presentation to Local Government Anti-Poverty Learning Network national conference, Tullamore, November 2002.
  • "The state of the art of evaluation in Ireland", inaugural presentation to the Irish evaluation network, Policy Institute, TCD, September 2002.
  • "The development of partnership relationships between the government and the voluntary and community sector: a role for national compacts/accords?", Administration, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 27-42.
  • "Public funds and voluntary organisations: issues and challenges", Poverty Today, No. 55, June/July 2002, pp. 9
  • "Assessing the NAPS institutional framework", Poverty Today, No. 54, April 2002, pp.15-16
  • "Review of developments in the public sector 2001", (with Mark Callanan, Justin Keogan, Tony McNamara, Michael Mulreany and Tim O'Sullivan), Administration, Vol. 49, No. 4, 2002, pp. 7-49
  • "Linking pay and modernisation: the role of objectives, indicators and evaluation", paper presented at CPMR Conference, Institute of Public Administration, April 2001.
  • "Review of developments in the public sector in 2000" (with Tony McNamara, Michael Mulreany, Anne O'Keefe and Tim O'Sullivan), Administration, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2001, pp. 3-42.
  • "Assessing high performance work practices in policy units", paper presented at High Performance Work Practices conference, Dublin Castle, September 2000.
  • "Review of developments in the public sector in 1999", (with Tony McNamara, Michael Mulreany, Anne O'Keefe and Tim O'Sullivan), Administration, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2001, pp. 3-43.
  • "Cross-cutting teams: a new force for joined up government?" The International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 12, No. 5, 1999, pp. 386-387.
  • "Review of developments in the public sector in 1998", (with Tony McNamara, Michael Mulreany, Anne O'Keeffe and Tim O'Sullivan), Administration, Vol.46, No.4, 1999, pp. 3-40.
  • "Partnership: an organisational perspective", paper presented at Euromanagers Leadership Programme, September 1998.
  • "Review of developments in the public sector in 1997", (with Tony McNamara, Michael Mulreany, Anne O'Keeffe and Tim O'Sullivan), Administration, Vol. 45, No.4, 1998, pp. 3-38.
  • "Civil Service Reform in the Republic of Ireland", Public Money and Management, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1997, pp.49-53.
  • "Review of developments in the public sector in 1996", (with Tony McNamara, Michael Mulreany and Anne O'Keeffe), Administration, Vol.44, No.4, 1997, pp. 3-41.
  • "Professionalizing the evaluation function", paper presented at Evaluation Capacity Development seminar, World Bank, Washington DC, November 1995.
  • "Creating the effective school - the role of evaluation", Irish Educational Studies, Vol. 14, 1995, pp. 23-34.
  • "Housing management performance indicators", paper presented at Housing in the 1990's conference, Dublin Castle, October 1994.
  • "The role of an intermediate tier in educational governance", Irish Education Studies, Vol. 13, 1994, pp.
  • "Should we bother evaluating programmes?", Seirbhis Phoibli, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1993, pp. 53-59.
  • "Performance Management", paper presented at Senior Health Managers Forum, Newcastle, Co. Down, 14 October 1992 (also, Public Management Research Paper No. 5, Institute of Public Administration, 1992).
  • "Managing By Contract in the Public Sector", Administration, Vol. 40, No. 4, 1993, pp. 333-346, (also Public Management Research Paper No. 4, Institute of Public Administration, 1992).
  • "Strategic Management in the Public Sector: A Framework for Analysis", Public Management Research Paper No. 3, Institute of Public Administration, 1991.
  • "Inter-Unit Comparative Performance Indicators: An Underused Resource?", Public Management Research Paper No. 2, Institute of Public Administration, 1991.
  • "Civil Service Management Trends: Challenges for the 1990's", Administration, Vol. 39, No. 3, 1991, pp.234-247 (also, Public Management Research Paper No. 1, Institute of Public Administration, 1991).
  • "Managing by Results in the Irish Public Service: In Pursuit of the Holy Grail?", paper presented at the national conference of the Centre for Australian Public Sector Management, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, July 5 - 7, 1990.
  • "A Quality Assurance Programme for Limerick Regional Hospital", IPA Health Services Resource Centre Briefing Paper, June 1990.
  • "How Should Professionals be Managed at a Time of Change: A Case Study from the Health Service", paper presented at European Foundation for Management Development Annual Conference, Barcelona, September 25 - 27, 1989.
  • "Proceedings of a Conference on the Use of Performance Indicators in the Health Services", IPA Health Services Resource Centre Briefing Paper, February, 1989.
  • "Can Performance Monitoring in the Civil Service be as good as that in the Commercial Sector", Administration, Vol. 37, No. 2, 1989, pp.119-132.
  • "Managing for Results: Developing Management Systems", paper presented at Institute of Public Administration Personnel Conference, March 1989 (and subsequently published in Seirbhis Phoibli, Vol. 10, No. 2, December 1989, pp. 2-10).
  • "Making Productivity Measurement Acceptable in the Public Sector - The Role of Feedback", paper submitted to European Group of Public Administration Workshop on Productivity Measurement and Public Management, Leuven, September 1988.
  • "Planning Organisational Change in the Civil Service: Building Productivity Measurement into the Process" (with Laraine Joyce), paper presented at European Group of Public Administration Conference, Valencia, May 1987.

Consultancy reports

  • "New and Expanded Services Evaluations", report to Homeless Agency (with Eustace Patterson Ltd. And Epsilon Consulting), November 2004.
  • "Dublin Docklands Development Association Customer Action Plan and Customer Charter", report to Dublin Docklands Development Association (with Joanna O'Riordan), July 2004.
  • "Expenditure Review Initiative: quality review of Charitable Lotteries Scheme report", report to Department of Finance, July 2004.
  • "Expenditure Review Initiative: quality review of Valuation Office report", report to the Valuation Office, July 2004.
  • "Expenditure Review Initiative: quality review of Overseas Development Assistance and Potato Sector reports", reports to Department of Agriculture and Food, March 2004.
  • "Short-term technical specialist services for Phare Assessment Scheme", ECOTEC Consortium, Brussels, December 2003.
  • "Updating of the MEANS guidance on the evaluation of socio-economic programmes", Irish input to work co-ordinated by Tavistock Institute, GHK Consulting and Instituto per la Ricerca Sociale for the European Commission, November 2003.
  • "Short-term independent evaluation expertise for the evaluation of Social Inclusion Co-ordination Mechanisms", work for NDP Evaluation Unit, Department of Finance, October 2003.
  • "Expenditure Review Initiative: quality review of synthesis report on the expenditure review of the Ireland Aid in-country micro project scheme", report to Ireland Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, July 2003.
  • "TecNet Evaluation", report to Enterprise Ireland, (with Colm Dunne), December 2002.
  • "Moving towards outcome-focused contracting", Working Paper No.3, Maintaining voluntary sector autonomy while promoting public accountability, Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme, April 2002.
  • "The development of partnership relationships between the government and the voluntary and community sector and the implications for funding", Working Paper No. 2, Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme, February 2002.
  • "The evolution of funding, accountability and contractual relationships between the government and the voluntary and community sector", Working Paper No. 1, Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme, January 2002.
  • "Homeless Initiative - Final Evaluation Report", report to the Homeless Initiative, (with Michelle Butler and Orla O?Donnell), January 2001.
  • "Guidelines for the preparation of strategy statements under the Public Service Management Act, 1997", report for the Department of the Taoiseach, November 2000.
  • "The National Children's Strategy. Enhancing Policy Coordination: Key Structure and Process Issues", report for the National Children's Strategy 2000.
  • "Homeless Initiative: 1999 Evaluation Report", report to the Homeless Initiative, (with Michelle Butler and Orla O'Donnell), January 2000.
  • "Adapting Institutional Structures to Ensure a More Effective Policy Process", background document prepared for the National Economic and Social Council, September, 1999.
  • "Homeless Initiative:1998 Evaluation Report", report for the Homeless Initiative, (with Michelle Worth-Butler), January 1999.
  • "Business Planning in the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands: A Review", report for the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, September 1998.
  • "Partnership within Adapt - A Study", Report for Leargas, May 1998.
  • "Homeless Initiative: 1997 Evaluation Report", report for the Homeless Initiative, (with Patricia Brown), January 1998.
  • "Value for Money Examination of Administrative Budgets in the Irish Civil Service: Report of the External Referee", report for the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, August 1996.
  • "Evaluation of a project to develop a pilot training and development programme for the managers of EU funded projects", report for Leargas, March, 1995.
  • "The Promotion and Co-ordination of Public Services in the Dublin Region", report for Dublin Regional Authority, December 1994.
  • "Local Economic Development Policy in Dublin County Council: A Review", report for Dublin County Council, April 1993.
  • "A Planned Approach to Training and Development in the South Eastern Health Board", report for the South Eastern Health Board (with M. Reilly), July 1992.
  • "Corporate Strategy in the Mid-Western Health Board: An Interim Report, report for the Mid-Western Health Board" (with L. Joyce, P. Hall and T. O'Sullivan), June 1992.
  • "Absence Control - Report of Workshops for Supervisors of Meath, St. James' and Beaumont Hospitals ", reports for hospitals and Department of Health, January-September 1992.
  • "Background to and Issues Arising from the Implementation of the Eligible Part-time Teachers Scheme by the City of Dublin VEC", report for City of Dublin VEC, January 1990.