An independent review of the capacity and capabilities of the DoI is due to report at the end of next month.
It is being carried out by management consultants Beamans, which previously delivered a report into the island’s education system that led to changes being implemented in the DESC. Chief Executive Prof Ronald Barr left the department just two days after it was published.
Broken into two parts, the gov says the report ‘will appraise the capability and capacity of the centre of the Department to effectively manage the interface with its divisions, including an assessment of policies, practice, procedures, and protocols which form part of those arrangements’.
In particular, the review is looking into how existing management and organisational arrangements could be improved, as well as the DoI’s ability to assume responsibility for all capital project activity across gov, excluding those projects with a value greater than £3m, which in future, are to be managed by the Cabinet Office.’
The department’s handling of several capital schemes including the promenade scheme and Richmond Hill have been criticised by Tynwald members.
The Chief Minister said: ‘Included in the package of approvals provided by the Council of Ministers for the improvement of the delivery of Infrastructure Investment, which was announced as part of the Budget, was a requirement to undertake an independent review of the capacity and capability of the Department of Infrastructure in respect of its responsibility to deliver capital projects under £3m and built environment infrastructure for Government. In addition to this I have also requested that a broader review of the Department be undertaken to consider its capacity and capability to deliver its services more generally.
‘It is important that the arrangements we have in place for the management of infrastructure projects are fit for purpose and I look forward to hearing the views of Beamans Management Consultants on how the Department can be best organised and resourced to ensure effective delivery of these projects in the future.’
The gov stressed this is not a review of the DoI’s effectiveness in operations delivery but a review of the effectiveness of its management and governance for ‘managing the interface of its various operation divisions, services and clients’.