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Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Departmental Reviews

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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288. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of the social impact assessments carried out by his Department and public bodies and agencies under his remit since 1 January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37298/21]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) are an analytical framework that are designed to examine the demographic profile of public services users, and how they are impacted by budgetary policy decisions. The framework complements existing budgetary impact assessment exercises conducted by my Department and the Departments of Finance, Employment Affairs and Social Protection and externally by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).  

Social Impact Assessments can be quantitative, measuring the change in incomes as a result of policy, or qualitative, offering a description of how policies affect households’ financial positions.  Within the SIA framework, households may be broken down into different groups based on income, economic status, household composition and age.

My Department has been involved in the development of 20 papers published under the Social Impact Assessment framework since 2016, spanning a number of policy areas including health, education, childcare, the labour market and the environment.  The details of these papers are set out in the table below.  In relation to the bodies under the aegis of my Department, no social impact assessments have been conducted during the specified timeframe.

Additional detail on Social Impact Assessments and the SIA framework can be found at the following link:


Year Title Sector
2020 Social Impact Assessment – SEAI Programmes Targeting Energy Poverty Environment
Social Impact Assessment Series Student Grant Scheme (SUSI Grants) Education
2019 Prevention and Early Interventions Supporting Health and Well-Being in Older Age Health
Programmatic Interventions for Children, Young People and their Parents Childcare
Family Services Supporting Children and their Parents Childcare
Social Impact Assessment (SIA): Acute Mental Health Services Health
Social Impact Assessment (SIA): Nursing Home Support Scheme Health
Public Service Obligation (PSO) Funding for Public Transport Transport
SIA: Equality Budgeting – Relevant Findings from Ex Post Evaluation Expenditure Reform
SIA: Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) Social Protection
2018 Dialogues on Effective Prevention and Early Intervention Approaches in Human Services Health
Early Learning and Childcare Childcare
Educational Welfare Education
SIA Series - Assessment of Living Standards during Recovery Period Macro
SIA Series - Social Housing Supports Housing
SIA Series - Childcare Supports Childcare
SIA Series - Female Labour Market Participation Labour Market
SIA Series - National Minimum Wage Labour Market
2016 Social Impact Assessment of Targeted Childcare Schemes Childcare
Social Impact Assessment of General Medical Services Scheme Health


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