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.


Now Enrolling – 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.

This brand new part-time programme addresses an emerging field of huge importance to the Irish public service: innovation. Public servants are working in an increasingly complex and challenging environment, a fact recognised by Our Public Service 2020, the ambitious initiative of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that supports development and innovation.

Working together, the Department and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) have created a unique qualification that will introduce candidates to the theory of innovation and help them apply creative thinking to their organisation and to the problems that it seeks to solve. Graduates of this programme will be able to present themselves as informed agents of change who have the knowledge and skill sets to lead innovative projects, encourage creative behaviour, and apply theories of transformation to 21st century public service management.

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

See also:

Professional Diploma in Public Service Innovation 2020 (IPA brochure)

Professional Diploma in Public Service Innovation – Application Form 2020

Closing date: 21st February 2020


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