About this course
Are you about to face the annual budget battle?
Are this year’s decisions even more difficult than usual?
Help is now at hand!
Since 2011 this EIPA course has helped experienced finance professionals and service managers make better decisions for delivering services to citizens – and in 2019 we are again partnering with OECD’s Territorial Governance Department to do so.
We cover key financial/operational risks across the public financial management cycle – budgeting, budget execution, planning and delivery of services focusing on how to:
- Prepare public sector budgets and service plans in difficult times by making realistic choices about priorities and thus make best use of limited resources;
- Link budgets to service priorities;
- Use budgets as a tool to manage public services, including setting/using KPIs and when/how to deal with unfavourable outcomes.
We also cover stakeholder impact budgets (such as gender-based budgeting), the role of multi-annual budgets and the challenges in performance budgeting.
To help you to do so we will give you:
- Initial input with presentations on key issues on budgeting, financial management and operational service management and service planning;
- Examples/case studies to show you what happens in practice across the EU at national and sub-national level;
- Exercises to reinforce your understanding of the practical application of budgeting, financial management and operational service management and service planning;
- Adequate time to discuss with our experts and other participants issues arising in your situation.
Who will benefit most?
This workshop is for officials from European institutions/agencies, ministries, national executive agencies, regional governments, municipalities and other public sector bodies such as:
- Finance staff experienced in preparing budgets and financial management reports;
- Service managers who need to understand budgets, financial management reports and operational management reports to better plan and manage services;
- Auditors who can help public sector bodies improve how they control finances and manage services.
If you are a finance professional or service manager in the public sector, come and share experiences with your peers and learn from our experts to deal with the difficult challenges you are facing.
What you will learn in this course
By the end of the workshop you will:
- Better understand the role of budgeting in the public sector and why it matters;
- Be able to deal more effectively with the current challenges for budgeting and service planning for finance staff and service managers;
- Achieve better co-operation between finance staff and service managers to improve public service planning and delivery;
- Be able to identify/manage the most commonly arising financial and operational risks in budget preparation and planning for service delivery;
- Be able to identify/manage the commonly arising financial and operational risks in the budget execution of and service delivery;
- Better understand how auditors can help public sector bodies to improve their management of finances/services.
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: + 31 43 3296382
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.
EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.
Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
For all other participants, the regular fee applies.
Lunches, the reception or dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number for your course.
Prior payment is a condition for participation.
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.
EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).
|09.00||Review of day one and introduction to day two
|09,15||Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – United Kingdom
|10.15||Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – the Netherlands
Harrie Scholtens, External Expert, EIPA/Former Seconded National Expert (the Netherlands), EIPA, Maastricht (NL) and Former City Manager, Middleharnis (NL)
|11.45||Managing budgets in practice: Key issues
|13.45||Managing budgets in practice: Key issues (continued)
Managing budgets in practice: Experience at national level – Case studies – EU Member States and Canada
|15.00||Managing service delivery in practice: Key issues
|16.15||Managing service delivery in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – United Kingdom
|17.00||Evaluation and end of workshop|
|III. Introduction to counterfactual evaluation approaches and how to use them in practice
Stephen Morris, Professor of Evaluation, PERU, Manchester Metropolitan University
|09.30||Counterfactual approaches to causation
Early on in the process of designing an evaluation you will need to consider how a counterfactual will be identified and estimated. This session will show you that once having identified a potential counterfactual you will then need to consider how you will measure counterfactual outcomes and possible collect control data from them. This will set ground for the next session of the programme.
|10.30||Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) as a way of identifying counterfactuals
A randomised controlled trial is an evaluation methodology which aims to draw an objective picture of the difference that a project, programme or policy makes by comparing its effect on separate groups. There is a real need to gain a clearer understanding of who requests and uses RCTs, and this session will provide that knowledge.
|12.00||Practical Session 2: designing an experiment
Participants design an experiment and solve problems from a Commissioner´s perspective.
Overview of quasi-experimental methods and techniques to quantitatively evaluate the impact of an intervention. Using ample examples, the approaches covered include regression, difference-in-differences and matching. ITS and regression discontinuity will also be discussed.
|15.30||Practical Session 3: using quasi-experimental approaches
Participants discuss the practical application of quasi-experimental approaches, also in cases where randomisation is not possible.
|16.00||Wrapping up and closing of the seminar|