Learning and Development

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is developing a suite of learning and development interventions for public servants across all three pillars. This will include formal classroom training, accredited programmes for public servants, seminars, conferences, workshops and new learning methods.


NEW Professional Diploma in Public Service Innovation
(NFQ Level 8, 30 Credits)

In collaboration with the IPA, we are delighted to announce that we are launching the Professional Diploma in Public Service Innovation.

More details can be found in our information flyer, here.


Master of Science: Leadership & Innovation in the Public Service

This course aims to deliver a range of learning experiences that empower participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and applied skills in the field of innovation and transformational change within the delivery of public services.

It aims to challenge participants to move beyond the passive absorption of information through critical analysis and reflection and towards innovative, strategic and transformational management initiatives within their sponsoring organization.

This course has been developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ulster University, in collaboration with the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, and begins in January each year.

See course content, registration information and further details here.


Essentials of Innovation for Public Servants

The context within which we, as public servants, operate is increasingly complex and challenging. Fast-paced technological disruption, the proliferation of data, the changing way of work, customer and employee expectations, geopolitical shifts, changing demographic patterns and other external factors are all shaping our economy and society. The Public Service needs to be strategically placed to respond to challenges in the short, medium and long term.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is pleased to announce a two-day ‘Essentials of Innovation’ programme. The programme is intended to support new ways of thinking about the delivery and design of services to the Irish public. The Department will be running this programme on five separate occasions over the coming months. The Department will be subsidising the cost to participating public service organisations.

This programme is recommended for public servants at middle and senior management level who wish to develop their knowledge and create an innovative work environment.

The programme will be facilitated by specialists in leadership and innovation from the Institute of Public Administration. The format will vary according to the topic and will include current examples, visiting speakers and cross-sectoral participation.

The application form, which can be downloaded from here, should be completed and submitted to OPSlearning@per.gov.ie.

Places will generally be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis from participants at the appropriate level. However, the Department will have regard to the need for sectoral spread at the programme.

For further Information please contact:
Hilary Dolan, Innovation Skills Manager: OPSlearning@per.gov.ie



Innovation Capability Development in Ireland – July 2019