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CES Leaders Digest - Learning together about leadership in public services

In September we launched the CES Leaders Digest, a new blog series for leaders in public services. Over the next few months, the Leaders Digest will tackle some of the critical challenges facing leaders in public services today. What is the role of leaders in implementing reform in public services? How can leaders engage teams and stakeholders in collaboration across government departments and agencies?

We look at what research tells us about the role of leadership in public services, but we will also hear insights from experience in public services in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Leaders Digest is available on Medium. You can sign up to receive each instalment as it is published - just email leadersdigest@effectiveservices.org.

CES weekly Knowledge Exchange


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation from CES or endorse the views expressed within them.

In this weeks Knowledge Exchange, you can download a new toolkit for nurses, read a new CES blog series about leadership in public services, and a new case study from Scotland about policy makers use of evidence.

Want to sign up and receive the Knowledge Exchange every Friday afternoon? Email database@effectiveservices.org with 'Knowledge Exchange' in the subject line.

CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation from CES or endorse the views expressed within them.

In this week’s Knowledge Exchange you can read about a new classroom based child mental health initiative in the UK and a new resource to help you get started with data visualisation. New funding announced from the Department of Education aims to improve access to higher education.

Want to sign up and receive the Knowledge Exchange every Friday afternoon? Email database@effectiveservices.org with 'Knowledge Exchange' in the subject line.

CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation from CES or endorse the views expressed within them.

In this week’s Knowledge Exchange you can read about three challenges policy makers face in using evidence, six ways that developmental trauma shapes adult identity and new research on lone parents participation in higher education.

Want to sign up and receive the Knowledge Exchange every Friday afternoon? Email database@effectiveservices.org with 'Knowledge Exchange' in the subject line.

New Global Implementation Specialist Practice Profile


CES has been working together with the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) to identify the skills and competencies needed by intermediary organisations providing implementation support. The Global Implementation Practice Profile outlines the skills and competencies required to build the capacity of people and organisations so that they can implement new policies, interventions and approaches effectively. 

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A recipe for high performing organisations


‘Leading for the future’ is the theme of one of the nine projects included under the Goal Programme for Public Service Reform in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We are working with six government departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland on the programme.

The Leadership Development Programme under Goal involves Deputy Secretary officials in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. We consulted and designed the programme together with the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 2016, and since February, Deputy Secretary Officials have been completing the Programme in two separate groups.

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From guidelines to good practice

What are National Clinical Guidelines?

National Clinical Guidelines are evidence-based ‘best practice’ statements, which aim to improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of decisions across health services in Ireland. The Department of Health has published 14 National Clinical Guidelines, covering areas such as palliative care, various forms of cancer and prevention and control of MRSA. There are also another 16 National Clinical Guidelines currently at various stages of development.

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How can services engage and support vulnerable families?

How to empower vulnerable families in Northern Ireland to respond to a range of challenges was a key theme emerging from a Masterclass  with groups on the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme in early September. The programme provides funding for thirty-six projects. Each project is delivered by a partnership, and works with families with complex needs, ranging from sight loss, mental illness, or disability. They may be coping with bereavement, or dealing with adoption.   Since 2015 CES has been working with groups funded under the Programme. We organise a range of learning and networking opportunities for groups, and are helping them to implement and evaluate their projects over a seven year period.

Barriers faced by vulnerable families

Some of the barriers that vulnerable families face in accessing services include poor access to transport or childcare. Stigma was identified as a complex cultural barrier which can discourage vulnerable families to seek out the support they need. Engaging men or fathers was also seen as a challenge for some services. Over thepast two years, projects on the Programme have developed different approaches to respond to these challenges, and shared their experience during the event.

Shirley from TESSA reminds us recognised the importance of cherishing parents to make a difference to infants #EngagingFamiliesNI

Working in partnership with parents

Six groups funded under the Programme gave short presentations about their work and identified some of the challenges and what they were learning. Some common themes emerged from the presentations. Respecting, valuing and supporting parents is critical to improving their children’s outcomes and wellbeing. This involves recognising parents as partners, building good relationships with them based on trust, being flexible and managing their expectations.

Engaging with existing structures and networks within the community, such as Family Support Hubs and schools, and using social media were just some of the ways that groups were reaching vulnerable families. Informal events, outreach and partnering with other community organisations helped to overcome stigma.

For more information about our work with groups on the Programme, contact Melanie Stone, mstone@effectiveservices.org

CES Knowledge Exchange - News, Tools, Resources and Policy


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation from CES or endorse the views expressed within them.

In this week’s Knowledge Exchange, you can read coverage on tackling childhood obesity in the UK, check out a ‘do it yourself’ evaluation tool, and access a range of Scottish resources for co-production. 

Want to sign up and receive the Knowledge Exchange every Friday afternoon? Email database@effectiveservices.org with 'Knowledge Exchange' in the subject line.

CES Knowledge Exchange - News, Tools, Resources and Policy


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation from CES or endorse the views expressed within them.

In this week’s Knowledge Exchange, you can read articles on aspects of teaching practice, a new evidence planning tool, and data from the ‘LifeSkills Survey 2015’, published by the Department of Education and Skills. 

Want to sign up and receive the Knowledge Exchange every Friday afternoon? Email database@effectiveservices.org with 'Knowledge Exchange' in the subject line.

CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation from CES or endorse the views expressed within them.

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CES Weekly Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, resources and policy


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation from CES or endorse the views expressed within them.

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Read our quarterly Ezine


Have you read our latest Ezine?

Our quarterly Ezine includes updates on work we have been doing with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and the HSE. New resources that are featured in this issue include the fifth summary in our ‘On the Right Track’ series on the topic of Inclusion and Diversity, and a podcast about the kinds of organisational cultures that contribute to high performing organisations.  

CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform.

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CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, resources and policy


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to our work with public services in the following areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform.

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CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


The CES Knowledge Exchange brings together some resources and information from the external environment which are relevant to CES’s work with public services in the following general areas: children and families, youth, health and mental health, education, youth justice, service implementation and public service reform.

In news

  • Read coverage of the new Cancer Strategy launched earlier this week
  • Articles on new research published on the impact of alcohol consumption, and women’s nutrition during pregnancy.
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CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, resources and policy


In news

  • Coverage of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency child protection policy. There is also coverage on a growing demand for services for victims of domestic violence.
  • Articles on service implementation look at an initiative in the school system in Ireland which involves sharing data.
  • The need for service user and carer engagement in social care policy is the theme of an article in the Guardian.
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Read about our work in 2016


We've just published our Annual Review for 2016, which describes our work with government departments and service providers. You can also watch this short video featuring some of the highlights of our 2016.