12. Build strategic planning capability

Consultation: Our Public Service 2020

We aim to significantly strengthen how well we define our strategy direction, make decisions and allocate resources. We will strive to overcome any barriers to putting these plans in place.
We want to further develop the skills that allow us to think strategically so we can:
  • plan for challenges and opportunities facing the Public Service;
  • make sure long-term planning is effective; and
  • make sure our plans are flexible enough to adjust to new and unexpected developments.
Please tell us

What important long-term challenges do you think the Public Service needs to prepare for?
What should our priorities be in relation to strategic planning?

The NDA has considerable experience in advising and inputting to long-term strategic plans that span a number of government departments and agencies, e.g. the National Disability Inclusion Strategy. Positive outcomes are improved when there is a shared commitment between departments to cooperation...
 On-going change in the composition of Irish society – this will necessitate the development and delivery of services in ways that are relevant and appropriate to a culturally diverse country – including ensuring that the composition of the state’s workforce is representative of the community it...
We see a number of key long term challenges each of which will require a strategic planning approach by the Public Service. Among the top ones are: 1. Aging population: According to the European Commission, Ireland's old-age dependency ratio - the number of people aged 65 and over, divided by...
Changing demographics with particular reference to an ageing population with different housing, support and care needs;   A public that is becoming increasingly aware of their human and legal rights and, in particular, their right to equality of treatment and equality of access to services...
Across the public service, learning and development strategies should always be aligned to business needs and development taking place at the macro and micro levels of society.