Delighted to have been invited to take part in the panel discussion at the recent Civil Service Project Managers Network, following two excellently presented case studies, showcasing the fantastic projects being delivered by the Civil Service.
There was a very interesting case study on the introduction of the National Child Care Information System presented by Fergal Collins, Head of PMO in Tusla Child & Family Agency. The new system, which has been piloted, tested and rolled out nationally, will ultimately improve the quality, safety, responsiveness and delivery of child protection services by supporting practice around the country, and capturing critical data on children who are the subject of a child protection or welfare referral to provide a timely, robust and effective service. The system is delivering huge benefits to social workers and teams, and has already proven crucial in joining the dots for individual cases of child protection.
The second case study was presented by Ed Hearne, who heads up the Investment Projects and Programmes Office at Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
Ed presented on the challenges it faces, in it’s primary role, to develop cross-sectoral dialogue on infrastructure, including the identification of national priorities, and drive value-for-money reforms in relation to areas such as project appraisal and selection following the recent publication of the National Development Plan that outlines how €116bn will be invested in capital infrastructure over the next decade. Driving forward with a structured approach to project and programme delivery with focus on value delivery will be crucial to ensure the national spatial plan and development plan are aligned and delivering.
It was amazing to hear the professionalism being brought to managing and successfully delivering projects large and small across the Civil Service, a drive that will be expanded to the whole public service in 2019 through the roll out of the Project Management Leaders and Advisory Service (PMLAS) and Project Managers Network (PMN), with structured training and certification programmes in Project Management.