Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Identifying international best practice for measuring the impacts of rural and community development spending

Evaluation and monitoring are key tools to ensuring that public monies are being effectively spent and that government-funded programmes, and initiatives, are achieving their stated goals and objectives. This report examines international best practice in evaluation and monitoring in areas relevant for the Department for Rural and Community Department (DRCD).

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Download research on the potential impact of COVID-19 across areas including economic growth, employment and human behaviour.

Research Areas

The mission of the Economic and Social Research Institute is to advance evidence-based policymaking that supports economic sustainability and social progress in Ireland. ESRI researchers apply the highest standards of academic excellence to challenges facing policymakers, focusing on 11 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.