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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: the role of leadership - reflections from a funder

Posted December 14, 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 report provides useful insights into how The Atlantic Philanthropies aimed to support systems change at different stages and what can be learned from that experience. 

On the right track: volunteering

Posted December 14, 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 explores the contribution of volunteers in evidenced informed services with families and children, and identifies some learning for policy makers and practitioners. 

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.

Childhood Adversity - Outcomes, Risks and Resilience - An Access Evidence Report

Posted September 07, 2016

This report contains a rapid review of the literature in the area of childhood adversity and how it affects children during their lives. Implications for frontline practitioners working with children and young people are also included.The appendices to the report include frameworks, assessments, online resources and evidence-based and evidence-informed programmes which may be of interest to practitioners working with families, children and young people facing some form of adversity.

The report is the first in the Access Evidence series, and is accompanied by a shorter summary of the literature and implications for practitioners.

Childhood Adversity - An Access Evidence Summary

Posted September 05, 2016

This report is the first of the Access Evidence series produced by CES. The aim is to produce evidence based resources to support frontline practitioners, working with children, young people and families.

This summary outlines the learning from research literature about childhood adversity, and some implications for frontline practice. Practitioners who come across children and young people in their work can play an important role in recognising adversity, intervening early and supporting children and their families to deal with its effects. 

The summary is based on a longer review of the literature about childhood adversity.

A quick guide to the ABC Programme

Posted September 05, 2016

A quick overview of the Area Based Childhood Programme and how it came about, along with the areas included and governance structures.

Early Years: Driving Quality and Challenging Poverty - ABC Learning Community Report

Posted July 27, 2016

On February 17th 2016, the ABC Learning Community held a conference in Dublin Castle, entitled Early Years: Driving Quality and Challenging Poverty, an ABC Practice to Policy Event.

The ABC Learning Community is convened by CES and provides a platform for ABC areas and stakeholders in the ABC Programme to share learning, knowledge and practice, and to support one another to deliver effective and integrated services. This event report outlines the day’s proceedings, which included keynote speakers, a panel discussion, workshops and a closing plenary with key messages.

Building relationships with detained young people - Key learning from research

Posted June 30, 2016

In 2014 CES was commissioned to work with Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Oberstown is a national facility based in Lusk which provides safe and secure environment to young people under the age of 18 who have been sentenced by the courts. Relationships between staff and young people in Oberstown were identified as an important factor in improving their lives. A first phase of the work which CES conducted involved reviewing learning on what works for children and young people in similar settings. This is a summary of a longer report 'Lessons from the Literature: Building relationships with detained young people to improve pro-social outcomes.'

Building relationships with detained young people to improve pro social outcomes

Posted June 30, 2016

In 2014 CES was commissioned to work with Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Oberstown is a national facility based in Lusk which provides safe and secure environment to young people under the age of 18 who have been sentenced by the courts. Relationships between staff and young people in Oberstown were identified as an important factor in improving their lives. A first phase of the work which CES conducted involved reviewing learning on what works for children and young people in similar settings.This publication outlines a ‘conceptual model of relationship building’ and describes the various elements involved in this model. When implemented together, these elements can support young people in detention to develop their communication skills and confidence, help them to plan and solve problems, encourage creativity and innovation, self-control and improve their health and wellbeing in the long term.

Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years – Research and Practice

Posted June 20, 2016

‘Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years – Research and Practice’ is a new publication produced by CES together with the Institute of Public Health (IPH).

The early years is a critical period for child health and wellbeing. Children who grow up with positive and secure relationships with their caregivers, in safe, secure and stimulating environments that promote child development, are more likely to be happy and healthy. They are also more likely to experience better physical and mental health, greater educational achievement, and more economic security. Children experiencing social disadvantage are less likely to experience these outcomes due to a range of factors which impact on the conditions in which they are born and grow. This book explores how prevention and early intervention approaches can contribute to tackling these social inequalities and improve children’s outcomes, before they become embedded and costly.

Summary - Implementing public service reform: messages from the literature

Posted March 15, 2016

This summary highlights the themes emerging from the CES report 'Implementing Public Service Reform' - Messages from the Literature. The summary describes the messages from the literature and CES’s experience of working with government departments and agencies to support implementation of policy initiatives across the public service. The report identifies some ‘supportive factors’ which help in implementing effective public service reform. 

Implementing public service reform : Messages from the literature

Posted March 15, 2016

This report highlights some emerging messages from the literature and CES’s experience of working with government departments and agencies to support implementation of policy initiatives across the public service. The report identifies some ‘supportive factors’ which help in implementing effective public service reform.  These will be useful to leaders and managers. Findings in the report draw on case studies of public service reform in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and European countries.

Childrens Budgeting in Northern Ireland - An Exploratory Study

Posted December 22, 2015

Childrens’ Budgeting is about looking at how much, and how well, money is being spent by government to help children and young people. This paper, which was completed for the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) explores the feasibility of a ‘children’s budget’ in Northern Ireland.

Separated Fathers - Fathers, separation and co-parenting

Posted December 22, 2015

This paper examines issues relating to fathers who have separated or who are in the process of separating from their childrens mother.  It provides a brief overview on what is known about the effects of separation on men, the benefits to children of having actively involved fathers, fathers experiences of separation, how they seek support and how other countries have approached co-parenting. 

Youth Work Employability Conference Report

Posted December 17, 2015

In March 2015 the Youth Council for Northern Ireland hosted ‘Youth Work + Employability – a European issue and a European perspective’. The seminar looked at the impact of youth work on helping young people to gain employment.  European contributors came from Belgium, Estonia, Germany and Ireland, and representatives from 25 organisations in Northern Ireland attended. 

This interactive report is based on the seminar, and includes links to presentations and resources from the event. 

A review of effectiveness of interagency collaboration at the early intervention stage

Posted December 11, 2015

This review of the literature on the effectiveness of interagency collaboration at the early intervention stage was commissioned by the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership located at the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Early Intervention Transformation Programme. It is based on published literature from 2005 onwards, focusing particularly on reviews and large-scale evaluations of programmes based on interagency collaboration.From the eight reviews of interagency collaboration selected for this review, a range of benefits are identified and categorised into those for children, young people and families; those for professionals, and those for agencies.

Growing Evidence in Parenting

Posted November 01, 2015

CES together with the Public Health Agency in Nothern Ireland organised 'Growing Evidence in Parenting', a seminar focusing on the evidence and impact of parenting programmes in Northern Ireland. Three presentations provided a perspective from funders and commissioners. They include presentations from Maurice Leeson (Children Services Planning Professional Advisor/EITP Programme Manager), Maurice Meehan (Public Health Agency) and Norrie Breslin (Big Lottery Fund).

Prevention and Early Intervention in children and young people’s services: Ten Years of Learning

Posted October 30, 2015

This report summarises the learning emerging from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. It is a summary of six outcome reports published by CES based on the findings from evaluations of services and interventions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The outcome reports focus on findings in parenting, children’s learning, improving child behaviour, child health and development, promoting inclusion and organisational learning.  The report highlights eight key messages emerging from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. 

National Quality Standards Framework Route Map for Youth Work

Posted October 01, 2015

This Route Map has been developed to support implementation of the National Quality Standards Framework in Youth Work. The Route Map brings together a range of national and international online resources to inform youth work and youth activities. The materials come from a wide range of reliable sources, including government departments, national and international youth organisations, academic institutions, independent research and policy agencies.

Commissioning in Human, Social and Community Services - A rapid evidence review

Posted September 01, 2015

In April 2015, CES was commissioned by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to conduct an evidence review to inform a consultation process about a commissioning model for Ireland. This work required CES to do a ‘rapid review’ of the evidence base for commissioning in human, social and community services. Four different government departments are leading out on this initiative, they include the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Health and the Department of Environment and Local Government.

Summary of a Brief Review of Approaches to Oral Language Development

Posted August 01, 2015

Speech and language skills are fundamental to learning, development and communication and predict educational success later in life.

This summary is based on ‘A brief review of approaches to oral language development’, a report produced by the Centre for Effective Services in 2014, which considers the best available evidence on how to organise and deliver services to achieve better language outcomes for children in areas of social disadvantage.

Based on recent literature and communication and consultation with researchers, practitioners and specialists, this review makes five key recommendations for the Area Based Childhood Programme. Findings and recommendations are relevant to wider service delivery.

Implementing Whole of Government Approaches Briefing Paper

Posted June 11, 2015

How do we make joined up government happen? This briefing paper summarises findings from the CES Primer on Whole of Government work, and highlights some of the things policy makers need to think about when undertaking this work. The briefing paper outlines why whole of government work is important, when it should be used, and some considerations for policy makers.

Sir Peter Housden - What is a whole of government approach?

Posted June 11, 2015

This short audio clip featuring Sir Peter Housden was recorded in advance of the launch of the CES Primer on Implementing Whole of Government Approaches in Belfast in June 2015. In this audio clip, Sir Peter, then Permanent Secretary to the Scottish government, explains what is meant by Whole of Government, what the challenges are and some of the lessons learned from the Scottish experience of implementing whole of government approaches.

Primer on Implementing Whole of Government Approaches

Posted March 01, 2015

In 2014, CES reviewed experience of whole of government approaches in Ireland and other countries.  Whole of government is often referred to as ‘cross-government’ work or ‘joined up government’. A whole of government approach involves government departments, agencies, providers and other stakeholders working together in a co-ordinated way on critical tasks. Whole of government is more established in other parts of the world where governments are committed to working this way.   The Primer on Whole of Government Approaches examines the challenges of whole of government work, and what governments have put in place for it to be effective.  This publication highlights how international experience, along with learning about the importance of implementation can help policy makers to undertake effective whole of government work.  The Primer was launched in Belfast in June 2015. 

A Brief Review of Approaches to Oral Language Development

Posted December 01, 2014

Speech and language skills are fundamental to learning, development and communication and predict educational success later in life. Based on recent literature and communication and consultation with researchers, practitioners and specialists, this report considers the best available evidence on how to organise and deliver services to achieve better language outcomes for children in areas of social disadvantage.

The review makes five key recommendations for the Area Based Childhood Programme but its findings and recommendations are relevant to speech and language services more generally.

Enhancing the Contribution of Youth Organisations to Youth Employment

Posted July 02, 2014

In 2014 the CES, together with Foroige, the National Youth Council of Ireland and Youth Work Ireland held a seminar on Enhancing the Contribution of Youth Organisations to Youth Employment. This seminar report was compiled by John Bamber and Ellen Garvey.

Ideas in Action in Youth Work - Practice

Posted May 01, 2014

Ideas in Action in Youth Work is a flexible and practical resource in which the theory underpinning youth work meets practice. The resource was designed to respond to the gap that youth workers identified between theory and practice as it is experienced in the field. This two part resource includes information about the theory of youth work, along with practical applications.

Ideas in Action in Youth Work - Theory

Posted May 01, 2014

Ideas in Action in Youth Work is a flexible and practical resource in which the theory underpinning youth work meets practice. The resource was designed to respond to the gap that youth workers identified between theory and practice as it is experienced in the field. This two part resource includes information about the theory of youth work, along with practical applications.

Capturing the Learning: Child Health and Development Outcomes Report

Posted September 01, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about children’s health and development? This report outlines eight key messages and eight recommendations about children’s health and development. The paper outlines how greater connections between services can benefit children and their families. Programmes which support parents can also bring about better health and development outcomes for children.

Capturing the Learning: Child Health and Development Briefing Paper

Posted September 01, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about children’s health and development? This briefing paper outlines eight key messages and eight recommendations about children’s health and development. The paper outlines how greater connections between services can benefit children and their families. Programmes which support parents can also bring about better health and development outcomes for children.

Capturing the Learning: Promoting Inclusion

Posted August 17, 2013

What can we learn from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about promoting inclusion? Children can form attitudes from an early age about people based on their ethnicity, religion, or disability. This report gathers findings from three evaluations about how programmes can promote inclusion and bring about positive changes for individual children, their families and communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Capturing the Learning: Promoting Inclusion Briefing Paper

Posted June 15, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about promoting inclusion? This Briefing Paper includes eight key messages and eight recommendations about inclusion emerging from three evaluations of Programmes. The paper highlights how programmes which take place over a short period of time can be effective in influencing positive attitudes in children, however, parents and practitioners may need support to maximise the impact of the goals of interventions or programmes.

Children’s Services Reform: Key learning and messages

Posted April 21, 2013

This briefing paper contains the key messages and learning from a comparative analysis of international and regional jurisdictions undergoing children’s services reform. The research and information was primarily gathered by CES at the request of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and was used to inform the work of the Task Force on the establishment of the Child and Family Support Agency and the Expert Advisory Group to the Early Years Strategy.

Capturing the Learning: Children's Learning Briefing Paper

Posted February 28, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about how we improve children’s experiences of learning and their educational outcomes? This briefing paper outlines eight key messages and eleven recommendations about children’s learning emerging from the evaluations of ten programmes in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Research indicates that promoting a love of learning from an early age can help to improve lifelong outcomes for children. Parents, teachers, early year’s practitioners and other professionals all have a role to play.

Capturing the Learning: Improving Child Behaviour Outcomes

Posted February 14, 2013

What can we learn from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about influencing child behaviour? Good social and emotional skills are important for children to do well in life. This report gathers the findings from evaluations of nine programmes funded under the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. The findings suggest that both universal and targeted services can have a positive impact on children’s behaviour.

Capturing the Learning: Improving Child Behaviour

Posted February 14, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about improving children’s behaviour? This briefing paper presents six key messages and nine recommendations based on findings of nine programmes funded in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Messages highlight how both universal and targeted services can help to improve children’s behaviour. New skills and techniques can help both parents and teachers to have a positive impact on children’s behaviour.

Capturing the Learning: Children's Learning Outcomes

Posted February 13, 2013

What can we learn from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about children’s learning? Education helps children to reach their full potential and to become economically independent. This report gathers findings from ten initiatives in Ireland and Northern Ireland aimed at improving children’s experiences of learning and their educational outcomes.

Capturing the Learning: Organisational Learning Briefing Paper

Posted December 17, 2012

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about planning and designing services for children and young people? This briefing paper outlines six key messages and nine recommendations relevant to the design and development of services for children and young people in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Messages include the need for services to fit the local community context, and that ‘organisational readiness’ is necessary before undertaking the work.