“The next programme of Public Service reform is under development. In the meantime the OPS Networks and Action Teams will continue their existing work programmes, so keep an eye on the website for all our latest news. Please contact the PMO office if you have any queries at reformoffice@per.gov.ie

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.

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

This 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, 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) offer 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 available in Course brochure. 

Completed  Application forms should be submitted by email to postgrad@ipa.ie.

Closing date: 3rd September 2021


Master of Science (MSc) in Innovation and Leadership in the Public Sector 

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 organisation.

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. Applications are now being accepted for the course commencing in February 2022.

See course content, registration information and further details here.



Innovation for Public Service Leaders Masterclasses

Innovation for Public Service Leaders 15.05.2020

Innovation for Public Service Leaders 29.05.2020

Innovation for Public Service Leaders – Paulo Malta 29.05.2020


Innovation Capability Development in Ireland – July 2019