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D1 am - session 1 - Carol Baxter and John Burke, Ireland

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This presentation was made by Carol Baxter and John Burke, at the 3rd Experts Meeting on Gender Budgeting held at the OECD Conference Centre, Paris, on 19-20 September 2019.

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D1 am - session 1 - Carol Baxter and John Burke, Ireland

  1. 1. OECD Scan: Equality Budgeting in Ireland Observations Government of Ireland 19th September 2019, Paris
  2. 2. 2 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform 1. Equality Budgeting is a challenge – it is multidimensional.  Gender Budgeting targets one dimension of equality.
  3. 3. 3 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform 2. Every individual dimension of equality is different.  Disaggregated data will be key to the success of Equality Budgeting.
  4. 4. 4 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform 3. Departments need to be on board. This is extra work that I could do without: No This is a way to show everyone the great work we are doing to tackle inequality: Yes
  5. 5. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 5 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Policy Scan • The policy scan has identified the importance of a systematic approach to equality budgeting. • The crucial challenge for us will be to embed equality budgeting within existing policy development mechanisms. • We see two key steps as necessary within that systematic approach. We need firstly to raise awareness with Government Departments and agencies of equality budgeting. Secondly, we need to provide training for Government Departments and agencies so that they understand and identify the equality dimensions of their budgets. That will involve highlighting the equality impacts of their spending.
  6. 6. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 6 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Equality Proofing • As the policy scan indicates, the equality budgeting process will be strengthened if supported by an effective equality proofing process which identifies the impact of spending on equality outcomes. • We are looking firstly to see how we can integrate equality proofing into our existing equality strategy review mechanisms.
  7. 7. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 7 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Equality Proofing (2) • We plan to use the mid-term review processes on three equality strategies to see how we can advance this work. • We are beginning the mid-term review of the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020. We are midway through the mid-term review of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 and we have begin the mid-term review process on the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021. • These mid-term review processes enable us to review indicators and evaluation mechanisms which are key to effective proofing.
  8. 8. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 8 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Equality Proofing (3) • We will shortly undertake an evaluation of the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy. This will give us an opportunity to look at equality proofing as part of the overall objective of seeing how we can adapt the implementation process on the Strategy to ensure that it achieves its planned outcomes. • We plan to use the existing proofing models available, particularly those recommended by the European Institute for Gender Equality. • We would welcome, however, any information that experts may have on undertaking equality proofing explicitly for the purpose of equality budgeting.
  9. 9. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 9 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Equality Data • Robust, disaggregated equality data is key to the equality proofing process. • We commissioned the Economic and Social Research Institute to undertake an analysis of existing data in relation to migrants. That report has found useful administrative data that can be used to assess outcomes for migrants. • We plan to work with other Government Departments and the Central Statistics Office to identify the administrative data available across the equality grounds, particularly gender and disability, that we can use for equality proofing.
  10. 10. Body Level One Body Level Two Body Level Three Body Level Four Body Level Five 10 An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe | Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Equality Data (2) • A new data strategy has just been developed for the Irish public service. • We will work within that data strategy to develop a process for sourcing data that can be used to support equality proofing and equality budgeting. • The first step will be to identify what is available, to raise awareness of the need to gather disaggregated equality data and then to develop a process for sharing anonymised data across Government Departments and agencies.

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