CIPFA Northern Ireland Annual Conference: Public Service Innovation – A New Era

5–6 October, Belfast

Early bird booking now available – book before 31 August

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Public Service Innovation – A New Era takes place on the evening of 5 October and throughout the next day, 6 October, at the Belfast Hilton. A timely event in unprecedentedly uncertain recent times, it will offer public service professionals the forum for debate and insight - plus new tools, techniques and exemplary cases of public sector creativity and innovation. We intend the two days to inspire and enable delegates to manage the unknown and help improve public services. 

The context

Current pressures on public services will only increase – unless we look to make changes for the long term. An ageing population, reduced resources and a focus on treatment of the causes of service demands – rather than prevention and cure – all place the future financial sustainability of some services in serious doubt. 

In Northern Ireland the current public service environment has been characterised by governance failures and faltering public trust. Brexit, the fragility of our political institutions and a lack of multi-year budgets and plans all add up to uncertainty and a lack of a clear achievable strategic vision for our public services.  

We require new, proactive and flexible longer-term approaches to providing citizen-centred public services. We need to build on progress made to date and plot out a road map to deliver achievable outcomes if our public services are to remain financially sustainable in the future. 

The conference 

Over the last 26 years the CIPFA Northern Ireland conference has built a reputation for raising topical issues, providing leadership, challenging the status quo and exposing good practice to an influential public service audience.  

Planning for the long term in an uncertain environment may be harder then ever, but this is exactly what is required. We need to strategically plan for long-term outcomes for our citizens and leaders, and deliverers of our public services need to reaffirm the principles of good governance, sound financial management and innovation.

As usual we recognise that each conference delegate will have their own professional interests and requirements. Therefore we have designed a conference programme that enables delegates to choose from a wide range of plenary sessions and dedicated workshops to plan their own conference experience. Our outline programme is now live, so do visit this page again for speaker updates and bios.

  • inspiring sessions and speakers  
  • choice streams:
    • People Service stream
    • Public Finance Innovation stream
    • Data and Technology stream
  • student conference sessions
  • networking opportunities  
  • over 12 hours CPD.

Northern Ireland Public Finance Awards

Also at the 2017 conference is the annual presentation of the Northern Ireland Public Finance Awards, recognising the achievement of finance professionals, finance teams and innovation in public finance. This is an increasingly important way to inspire and motivate the profession by recognising and rewarding public finance excellence. More details and submission online soon.

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