IRELAND 18 February 2018
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While the use of external consultancies by government departments had increased significantly, the amount of information available about the nature and cost of consultancies and the reasons why they were commissioned was limited. The report presents the findings of an examination that set out to gather information about consultancies undertaken by all government departments in the period 1994 to 1996. It looked at how the need for consultants is established prior to the engagement process, and the extent to which consultancy services are acquired in the most economical manner. It also looked at how efficiently consultancies are managed and how the output and impact of consultancies are assessed.