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Capturing the Learning from the Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme

Posted August 30, 2021

The National Lottery Community Fund invested £25 million in 36 different organisations working on family support projects across Northern Ireland over five years. These organisations worked with different groups, in different ways, but were all aligned in their goal to support families facing adversity. In this paper we capture what the organisations have learned about supporting families in the community. 

Child, Youth and Family Database for practitioners and researchers

Posted July 29, 2021

The Child, Youth and Family Database provides detailed information about standardised measurement tools that have been used in Irish research and evaluation with children, young people and their families.

Access the database.

Leading for the Future: Learning from a Leadership Development Programme for Senior Civil Servants in Northern Ireland

Posted January 26, 2021

Learning from a Leadership Development Programme for Senior Civil Servants in Northern Ireland.

Implementation Science Tools

Posted October 15, 2020

ABC Learning paper 3: Strengthening practitioners' capacity to support parents and children

Posted January 30, 2020

Learning from the evaluation of pre-birth to age six and oral language interventions

ABC Learning paper 2: Parenting interventions

Posted January 30, 2020

Learning from the evaluation of pre-birth to age six and oral language interventions.

ABC Learning paper 1: Oral language development

Posted January 30, 2020

Learning from the evaluation of pre-birth to age six and oral language interventions. 

Reaching Out, Supporting Families - The story so far

Posted June 18, 2019

This booklet brings together stories from projects funded by the National Lottery Community Fund  Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme. It also includes learning emerging from an interim evaluation of the Programme conducted by CES.

The National Evaluation of the Area Based Childhood Programme - Learning for Practice

Posted June 18, 2019

Learning from the National Evaluation of the Area Based Childhood Programme about what changed for parents, children and services.

CES Guide to Implementation

Posted May 13, 2019

This online guide was produced by CES in 2019. It introduces the key terms, concepts and frameworks associated with implementation. Its primary purpose is to support any person, team or organisation introducing or seeking to sustain change whether they are policy makers, service providers, practitioners or researchers. It also provides links to a range of other websites, tools and publications on implementation science. This guide will be of value to anybody interested in implementation, no matter what sector or field they are working in.

This online guide updates an earlier CES 'Introductory Guide to Implementation Science' published in 2012. For a PDF copy of the previous version of the guide, please email office@effectiveservices.org

Implementation Guide and Toolkit for National Clinical Guidelines

Posted September 20, 2018

Clinical guidelines are developed to improve the health and safety of patients. While guidelines are informed by the best available evidence and strong quality criteria, it can be challenging to implement them. This guide and toolkit was produced by CES together with the National Clincal Effectiveness Committee (Department of Health) to support health professionals, managers and clinical staff to implement National Clinical Guidelines. The Guide contains a range of tools, which were adapted to meet the needs of staff involved in developing and implementing guidelines and the context in which they work.

‘15 Days’ – a story about collaborative problem solving in public services

Posted August 14, 2018

A story about the Youth Mental Health Pathfinder Project - a cross government approach to tackling youth mental health.

Impact of Alcohol Exploring the Learning from Elsewhere

Posted August 14, 2018

This is a review of selected examples of national and international best practice, entitled ‘Impact of Alcohol: Exploring the Learning from Elsewhere’.  The review draws on interventions designed to support individuals at different stages in their relationship with alcohol from early intervention to chronic, long term use.

Impact of Alcohol: Capturing the Learning

Posted August 13, 2018

This is the second of three publications for the Big Lottery Impact of Alcohol programme. It presents the knowledge and learning developed or expanded upon during the programme.  An implementation lens is used to explore the learning emerging at different stages of projects.

Impact of Alcohol Conference Report

Posted June 25, 2018

This is a report of the ‘Impact of Alcohol: What Next?’ Conference held in November 2017. A range of key stakeholders from the statutory and community sectors reflected on pertinent policy, commissioning and practice issues and delegates created a series of action plans aimed at tackling alcohol misuse more effectively.

Youth mental health in Ireland and Northern Ireland - An Access Evidence Animation

Posted May 24, 2018

This animation is based on a longer Access Evidence literature review about youth mental health in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Youth mental health in Ireland and Northern Ireland - An Access Evidence Literature Review

Posted March 28, 2018

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of youth mental health. This literature review draws from research literature on youth mental health, and data from services in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We identify some key messages about emerging trends in youth mental health in Ireland and Northern Ireland which are relevant to frontline practitioners working with children and young people, such as teachers, social workers and youth workers. We also highlight some findings from research on effective approaches, and implications for frontline practice.

Introductory Guide to Implementation

Posted August 17, 2017

We have a new online implementation guide. Read it here.

The briefing below, produced by CES in 2012, summarises the key terminology and concepts of implementation science. It lays out what implementation is, why it is important, and describes the core ideas such as implementation frameworks, stages, enablers and barriers. Short examples of successful implementation in Ireland, in both policy and practice settings, are used to illustrate these ideas.

This briefing summarises messages which appear consistently in the implementation literature, offering a useful introduction to those new to the field or those looking to refresh their understanding of the basic concepts.

An Implementation Case Study of Student Universal Support Ireland

Posted August 13, 2017

This report, produced by CES in 2015, documents the learning from implementation of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) in 2012. The report analyses implementation of the scheme through the lens of implementation science concepts, such as stages and enablers. It examines the challenges of quickly implementing major reforms in the context of significant financial and staffing constraints. The report will be of particular interest to policymakers and commissioners who are considering or planning new programmes or major reforms.

Implementation Stages - Key Activities Tool

Posted August 11, 2017

This implementation stages tool was adapted by CES, with permission, from the work of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA. It outlines the four stages of implementation in the Active Implementation Framework and provides examples of key activities at each stage.This tool will be useful for policymakers, service providers and practitioners involved at any stage of the implementation process.

Building Implementation Infrastructure - Assessment Tool

Posted August 09, 2017

This tool for assessing implementation infrastructure needs was adapted by CES, with permission, from the work of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA. The tool provides an overview of several categories of implementation drivers relating to competency, organisations, and leadership. It then assists teams in identifying who is responsible for each driver, opportunities to influence change, and how each driver can be improved to better support implementation. This tool will be particularly useful for service providers and policymakers in the process of implementing a programme or policy.

Implementation in Action - Questions for Promoting Ongoing Improvement

Posted August 07, 2017

This tool for promoting ongoing improvement was adapted by CES, with permission, from the 2015 work of Allison Metz and colleagues at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA. The tool asks seven questions which help to think through the process of generating sustained improvement at later stages of implementation. This tool can be reused periodically to generate continuous improvement cycles. It will be particularly useful for service providers, practitioners and implementation teams of policies and programmes that have already been established.

Stakeholder Engagement Tool

Posted August 05, 2017

This stakeholder engagement tool was created by CES and aims to help those implementing a policy or programme to plan for and manage the process of engaging with key stakeholders. It sets out tasks and questions for stakeholder identification, analysis and mapping. It also provides a template and checklist to help develop a stakeholder engagement plan. This tool will be particularly useful for service providers and policymakers in the process of implementing a programme or policy.

15 Days - The Toolkit

Posted August 02, 2017

A resource for practitioners interested in adapting an accelerated, collaborative problem-solving methodology.

Podcast - One Failed, One Flourished, One Folded: Applying Implementation Science Theory to Practice

Posted July 16, 2017

This podcast features Tom Jefford, Head of Service for Youth Support in Cambridgeshire County Council, speaking after a meeting of the Implementation Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland in November 2016. In this podcast, Tom discusses his 15 years of research and experience in implementing Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for families of youths with severe behavioural problems. He describes some of the challenges in implementing evidence based practice, and factors such as leadership, collaboration and organisational context, that make it sustainable. This podcast will be of interest to policymakers, service providers and commissioners who are implementing new programmes or practices.

On the right track: Inclusion and Diversity Summary

Posted June 29, 2017

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes focused on inclusion and diversity, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in inclusion and diversity outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on inclusion and diversity outcomes.

On the right track: inclusion and diversity outcomes report

Posted June 29, 2017

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report  includes findings from evaluations of five programmes focused on inclusion and diversity.

Taking care of your data

Posted March 29, 2017

What can organisations and researchers do to take good care of data so that policy makers and practitioners can use it in future? In this short podcast, Ruth Geraghty, Data Curator with the Children's Research Network offers some tips and guidance on archiving data. 

Coaching and Mentoring - Table

Posted March 29, 2017

A one page graphic which explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and how it complements other professional development interventions in frontline practice.

On the right track: parenting outcomes report

Posted March 15, 2017

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report includes findings from evaluations of fifteen programmes focused on parenting.

Coaching and Mentoring - An Access Evidence Report

Posted March 14, 2017

A review of the literature on coaching and mentoring. This report is part of the Access Evidence series for frontline practitioners.

Coaching and Mentoring - An Access Evidence Summary

Posted March 10, 2017

This summary is about two forms of support for frontline practitioners - coaching and mentoring. The summary explains the difference between the terms, and outlines some key messages emerging from research literature. The summary concludes with some suggestions for practitioners before they take up coaching and mentoring, and some wider considerations for organistions when introducing these supports.

On the right track: Child health summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve child health outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in parenting outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on child health outcomes.

On the right track: Children's learning summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve children’s learning outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in learning outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on children’s learning outcomes.

On the right track: Parenting summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve parenting outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in parenting outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on parenting outcomes.

On the right track: Child behaviour summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve child behaviour outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in behavioural outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report on child behaviour outcomes.

On the right track: children's learning outcomes report

Posted September 13, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report includes findings from evaluations of seventeen programmes focused on children’s learning.

On the right track: improving child behaviour outcomes report

Posted September 13, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. These programmes used prevention and early intervention approaches in various areas of children’s lives, including learning, behaviour, health and development, parenting and inclusion. This investment was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. This report  includes findings from evaluations of fourteen different programmes focused on children’s behaviour.