Senior Law Lecturer at the University of Sheffield conducts an evaluation study of our work
September 24, 2012
Dr Richard Kirkham, Senior Law Lecturer from the School of Law at the University of Sheffield came over to Gibraltar from the 3rd to the 7th September 2012, to conduct an evaluation study of the work we carry out in our office. The background to this proposal is that the direction of Dr Kirkham’s current work is to move from reviewing the possibilities of the ombudsman institution to finding ways to evaluate the real impact of the institution.
Dr Kirkham with the Ombudsman on a tour visit of the Upper Rock of Gibraltar
There has been surprisingly little written on the topic in the ombudsman community itself, but Dr Kirkham believes that his previous work on the ombudsman provided him with the background knowledge and understanding of the institution necessary to put together a thorough review of our office. He has a reasonably clear vision of what an ombudsman office should, ideally, be achieving and how it should, ideally, fit into the wider constitutional/governance framework.
Ultimately, his ambition would be to put together a report which we might be able to use to think about the position of our ombudsman scheme after 14 years of operation and possibly make available more generally. Such a report on our office may also be of use in terms of fostering wider debate about our office or defending it, as the case may be.