Policy engagement key in current reality

27 February 2018 - by Matthew Coyle

Much has been made of the political impasse that has led to a 13-month absence of devolved government in Northern Ireland.

The lack of political direction has induced headaches, not least within the civil service, which sits uneasily between administering old policies and setting new ones.

That said, governance has not stalled entirely in the time since January 2017. Over 40 consultations have been launched by Northern Ireland Executive departments during this period, an indication that, for all the fears of stasis, policy engagement is not only possible, but actively required.

Consultations of note that have opened and closed include:

Open consultations include:

 While the various departments continue to consult on policy, organisations should be preparing to engage with decision-makers on key areas relevant to their issues.