Expenditure must be evaluated on a continuous basis to ensure it is effective and any growth is sustainable. The Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service
(IGEES) was established in 2012 to enhance evaluation in the policy-making process across all departments, and to develop the evidence, information and analysis that can be used to inform future public spending decisions.
In 2017 IGEES began a series of Spending Reviews,
which examine government spending from the perspective of efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact. IGEES also examine the impact of budgetary policies across different demographics via the Social Impact Assessment