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The project, which has a value of €838,259, began in quarter two this year.
“The contract was awarded to Prospectus and PWC following a competitive tendering process, which was managed by HBS (HSE) procurement,” a TUSLA spokesperson informed MI.
“Prospectus and PWC will provide strategic support to the organisation for a period of 12 months. This allows TUSLA to focus on an effective child protection and welfare system. The strategic support covers six specified areas. Each area is in itself a programme or a project and has specified outputs and year one outcomes, which have a deadline of August 31 for delivery.”
The six areas of support relate to: Establishment of a programme management office; organisation reform — structure and culture; strategic HR; resource allocation model; governance of arrangements with funded service providers; and strategic ICT.
“The programme’s progress and completion of the deliverables are monitored rigorously through the PMO [Programme Management Office] and discussed weekly by the Senior Management Team, and TUSLA is satisfied with the progress to date,” said the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, specialist consultancy to develop an overall business case in 2015 cost the agency €24,400. The project was conducted by Prospectus in August/September last year.
“The support was for the development of the overall TUSLA Business Case ‘Survival to Sustainability’, which set out the funding required for the agency to address specific underlying deficits and key strategic projects across 2016 and 2017.
“The contract work was successfully completed and resulted in recognition that TUSLA was under-resourced and an additional allocation of funding was made to the agency in the 2015 Budget.”