In the second part of our three-part series from Anna Mercer’s presentation at the Macgill Summer School last month, this installation considers the role public policy can play in combatting sectarianism.
Following on from the previous paper which looked at how our institutions enable a separate but equal approach, this article looks at the role public policy can play in combating sectarianism.
The move towards an outcomes-based Programme for Government is an outward sign that government is evolving in Northern Ireland. Although still in draft due to the fact that the Executive never signed off on it before collapsing, it moved away from the traditional output model which enabled a silos approach and replaced it with 12 outcomes which demand cross-departmental working to achieve their ends.
A concept promoted by the Carnegie UK Trust, the draft PfG placed wellbeing at the centre of its ambitions, and using the outcomes model, seeks to deliver generational change. This has the potential to establish a more long-term vision for Northern Ireland that can endure beyond electoral cycles, and which is based on a clear and unambiguous ambition; improving the wellbeing of citizens.
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