A critical element of public policy formulation is the availability to Ministers and Public Bodies of expertise, skills and knowledge from persons outside of the public service. Often this process is formalised by the establishment of a liaison group, steering group, task force, working group, etc. to focus on the examination of a particular policy issue or set of related issues. These groups may be representative of key stakeholders and experts in relation to the matters being reviewed.
An essential aspect of project management where projects are shared between Departments is the establishment of a steering group. This is often included as a requirement of the Memorandum of Understanding. The criteria for the set-up of the group is described in that document.
Working Groups operating under the aegis of the Transparency Code
Liaison Groups comprising of the CSO and other bodies which focus on statistical methodology and departmental interdependencies.