1. National Strategy Mid-Term Review

Mid-term review of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014


Action 23 of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 calls for a review of the effectiveness of the strategy by the end of June, 2012 and for a report on the review to be prepared for the Strategy Oversight Committee by the end of September, 2012.
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In January, 2012 Cosc engaged the Institute of Public Administration to conduct a mid-term review of the strategy to assess progress and to help provide a foundation for future work.

A report on the mid-term review was circulated to the Strategy Oversight Committee in September 2012. The committee agreed that the report should be published on the Cosc website, following agreement with the relevant government departments and agencies on a revision of the progress indicators for the activities of the strategy for which those bodies were responsible.

The Strategy Oversight Committee also agreed that both the National Steering Committee on Violence against Women (NSCVaW) and the National Steering Committee on Violence against Men (NSCVaM) should be first notified of the revised time-scales for implementing strategy actions and consulted appropriately on the proposals therein to reduce the number of meetings of their committees and on reducing the size of the NSCVaW. 

Both steering committees have agreed to reduce the number of meetings from four per year to two and the NSCVaW is considering the representation on their committee.
 
The Strategy Oversight Committee noted that the proposal that twice yearly progress reports be made to the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy would not be feasible as that forum does not accept general reports of progress.  The Oversight Group noted that the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy operates a group of senior officials to advise it on matters coming before them. The Strategy Oversight Committee further noted that the National Strategy already has its own group of senior officials in the Strategy Oversight Group and that it would be duplication of effort to submit issues or problems to another group of senior officials.  The Strategy Oversight Committee agreed that if and when problems arise on which it needs a political discussion and direction, then a bilateral, trilateral or other Ministerial meeting could be organised through the relevant Departments.

The report of the review and the revised time-scales for the actions of the strategy are published on the Cosc website - http://www.cosc.ie/en/COSC/Pages/WP08000151