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Evaluation and Strategy Development Projects

EMcG Solutions experience of delivering evaluation and strategy development projects for a range of public and private sector clients:

ICBAN (2014): Evaluation to inform ICBAN on how the Spatial Planning Initiative has proceeded presenting data on the: history and development; effectiveness of implementation; progress as per Letter of Offer; VFM; Consultation Review; and Recommendations on future actions/activity. The evaluation is also to consider the extent to which the Spatial Planning Initiative adds value to the ICBANS‘s strategic objectives and INTERREG Programme Targets.

Enterprise Northern Ireland (2014): – provided consultancy support in collaboration with PKF-FPM Accountants Limited to conduct an interim evaluation of the Exploring Enterprise2 Program. The evaluation considered the extent, to which the Exploring Enterprise2 Programme adds value to Enterprise Northern Ireland strategic objectives and the program targets of Priority 1, Helping People into Sustainable Employment, of the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (NIESF) 2007 – 2013.

Centre for Cross Border Studies (2014): provided consultancy support in collaboration with MDR Consultants to conduct a feasibility Study and development of an Action Plan for the Agriculture, Food and Fish Processing Sector for the Border Development Zone which comprises of the Republic of Ireland (ROI) Counties of Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal and the Northern Ireland Council areas of Derry, Strabane, Omagh, Fermanagh, Dungannon, Armagh, Newry & Mourne, Down, Banbridge, and Craigavon.

InterTradeIreland (2013): Evaluated its Primary Sponsorship Activities the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Awards 2004-2012 and the Irish Times InterTradeIreland All-island Innovation Awards 2009-2012.The recommendations informed InterTradeIreland around the extent to which the sponsorships represented value for money and contributed to the InterTradeIreland‘s strategic business objectives.

Leitrim County Council (2013): Developed the strategy for economic development for input into Leitrim’s County Development Plan 2015 – 2021. This identified a number of economic objectives, focusing on job creation and job sustainability across a number of key areas for development: infrastructure and access/ environment and heritage/ tourism/ transport and communications and social development etc. This was being developed in line with Local Government reform proposals which emphasised enhancements in the local authority role in relation to economic development and enterprise support.

MRD Ltd. (2012): The Market Yard Centre Business Plan and Financial Analysis for the development of a proposition centered on Market Yard Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Bright Child Productions: (2011): A customer profiling initiative was undertaken in family; education -special needs, after school care and Early Intervention programs; and Clinical Hospitals, Justice, Social Services and Health Boards and practitioners such as psychotherapists, play specialists, art therapists, psychologists in Northern Ireland. The report highlighted the market potential, identified complexities related to the purchasing decisions process in childcare, public and private sectors in Northern Ireland. It identified potential routes to the market and growth opportunities in the Northern Ireland market.

McElwaine SMART: (2011): Provide Telemedicine Systems which will allow more and more health monitoring services to be carried out remotely. An Industry Analysis; Market Analysis; Competitor Analysis (Direct and Indirect) and Customer profiling Initiative was undertaken in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK on behalf of SMART. The research reported on potential market development in Health, Social Services and Public Safety; General practitioners; Local health and social care groups; HSE; Community Health Centres; Retirement housing schemes for older people and Telecare and TeleHealth providers.

Department of Education and Learning (2010 and 2011): In collaboration with PKK FPM Accountants Limited, evaluation of application and economic appraisals for the Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective Northern Ireland ESF Programme 2007-2013. The Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) programme support the regional strategy by extending employment opportunities and improving workforce skills and adaptability under the following Programme Priorities: Priority 1: Helping people into sustainable employment; Priority 2: Improving workforce skills; and  Priority 3: Technical Assistance.

University of Ulster – School of Health Sciences (2010): provision of a review and recommendations associated with strategic policy on the use of ICT to support ageing in place.

University of Ulster – Evaluation of NICENT (2010): NICENT was created as one of the 13 Science Enterprise Centres (SECs) in the UK. It was established a world-class centre that will stimulate and facilitate all aspects of the knowledge transfer process, from entrepreneurship education through to business creating. The review assisted the University to further develop the extent, quality and cost-effectiveness of its work to promote entrepreneurial new venturing and the commercialisation of research’, and ‘provided the basis for a bid to Invest NI to support such activities’.

Southern Regional Colleges’ Greenshoots Newry & Business Development Centre; and Dundalk Institute of Technology (2010): Evaluated ‘Border Innovation Gateway’ Program – regional pilot cross-border pre-incubation program to stimulate new HPSU indigenous global enterprise creation.

Evaluation of the Prince’s Trust TEAM Programme (2010): provided consultancy support in collaboration with PKF-FPM Accountants Limited to evaluate the effectiveness of Team Program and its impact on NEET young people; identified strengths and weaknesses in the current model of delivery; explored the causes of positive and negative outcomes.

InterTradeIreland (2009): providing consultancy support in collaboration with MDR Consulting to review the Agri-food sector on island to identify opportunities to improve competitiveness with a focus on R&D, market development, competitiveness, food safety, energy, waste and capability development.

University of Ulster – Office of Innovation (2009): Evaluation the current range of activities and analysed factors influencing technology / knowledge transfer and outlined recommendations to increase output; provided case studies on technology / knowledge transfer at NUI Galway & Lund University, Sweden; contributed to strategic vision and helped develop case for increased investment in Innovation.

University of Limerick – Technology Transfer Office (2008): Evaluated current technology transfer procedures and developed comprehensive framework for future of technology transfer based on mapping of gaps in processes and procedures; developed recommendations for future planning and corporate governance procedures.

InterTradeIreland (2008): providing consultancy support in collaboration with MDR Consulting to conduct the final evaluation of expertiseireland portal after five years operation in terms of effectiveness and impact of investment; extensive interview program with ILOs/Research Managers, agency/key stakeholder personnel and R&D active companies, both users and non-users; as well as online surveys with researchers & registered users.

InterTradeIreland – Performance Management Review (2007): Specified value generated by companies participating in InterTradeIreland projects and presented basis for future value-aggregation; interviewed sample of the 133 program participants, reviewed performance monitoring structure and recommended improvements in monitoring and evaluation processes.

NW Region Cross Border Group Programme (2007): providing consultancy support in collaboration with PKF-FPM Accountants Limited in the development of their multi annual action plan. This action plan was the business case which would form the basis of their application for Interreg IV funding for submission to SEUPB.