Updates

New Implementation Guide and Toolkit for National Clinical Guidelines

CES has been working with the Department of Health over the past year to support the implementation of National Clinical Guidelines, overseen by National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC). 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.

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Take a look at our new brochure

This year marks ten years of CES. Over the past eighteen months, CES has been engaging with people that we have worked with in departments, agencies and services in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We engaged a research team from Ulster University to review our work over the past ten years and to explore how CES adds value to the work of public services.

Three documents will reflect our development as an organisation to date and our plans for the coming years. They are: the Ten Year Review of CES, CES Strategy 2018-2021, and a short brochure which summarises who we are and what we do.

All three documents will be published in the coming months. The first of these, our new brochure, is now available.

Read our latest Ezine - September 2018


In this ezine, watch our animation on how to get evidence into social work practice.

You'll also find resources relevant to policy and practice. Read our blog on joining the forces of implementation, watch our interviews with some of the organisations funded by the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Supporting Families programme and check out our implementation guide and toolkit for national clinical guidelines.

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A new chapter for the children’s research network

The Childrens Research Network will move to the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC) in February 2019.

Sustainability has been an important part of planning the future of the Children’s Research Network.  The hard work on sustainability over the past year and a half has resulted in a positive outcome.  The Network will move to the oversight of Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC) early next year.  This is an appropriate and useful transition for the Children’s Research Network in terms of aims, expertise, sustainability, enabling the network to continue to grow and develop its work. 

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CES Weekly Knowledge Exchange - News, tools and resources

In this week's Knowledge Exchange, infographics and frequently asked questions about Adverse Childhood Experiences, an animation and toolkit about child mental health, and an implementation guide and toolkit for national clinical guidelines.

The 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.

Click here to get it straight to your inbox every Friday.

What’s New Online?

People’s Needs Defining Change – Health Services Change Guide (HSE)

The Health Services Change Guide is a step by step guide that will help you to lead and bring about change. It features helpful and practical advice from practitioners, leaders, service users and staff. The guide reviews evidence about change, and includes templates, tools and resources to support service design, stakeholder mapping, behaviour change and communications, all of which are key to implementing change. Click here.

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Three new reports: five years of learning about the impact of alcohol

Over the summer months CES has published three reports from the Big Lottery Fund Impact of Alcohol Programme.

The reports bring together knowledge and learning from a five-year programme in Northern Ireland which aimed to reduce the harm to individuals, families and communities caused by alcohol misuse. Thirty-one projects received funding through the programme and support was provided to more than 142,000 individuals. Together with the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), CES provided technical support to grant holders across the programme.  This involved organising learning and networking events, masterclasses, and giving one to one support to organisations to help them to achieve their outcomes.

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Supporting vulnerable families – learning from practice


Supporting children to deal with a HIV positive diagnosis in their family, experiencing domestic violence and having a physical or intellectual disability – these are just three examples of adversities faced by families in Northern Ireland. CES is supporting the implementation and evaluation of thirty six projects in Northern Ireland all of which work with vulnerable families. The Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and projects are being implemented by community and voluntary organisations across Northern Ireland.

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

In this week's Knowledge Exchange, what evidence says about grouping pupils by attainment, the effect of the internet on healthcare demands, and the effectiveness of systematic review summaries on policymakers' decision making. 

The 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.

Click here to get it straight to your inbox every Friday.

Growing up in the digital environment - 2018 annual conference of the Children’s Research Network

The annual conference of the Children’s Research Network on the theme ‘Growing up in the digital environment’ will take place in Dublin on Thursday the 6th of December 2018. Children and young adults today are distinct from their predecessors as they are the first generation to grow up ‘entirely digital’, where their daily environment is continuously shaped by technology. Growing up in the digital age provides a diverse range of opportunities and risks for children and young people across many areas of their lives, and is an emergent area for policy making, practice and research with children and young adults. The conference will be a mix of practical workshops and traditional presentations.

The Children's Research Network now invites abstract submissions from all sectors (i.e. academia, statutory, community, voluntary) in Ireland and Northern Ireland, for oral and/or poster presentation or one-hour workshop. The closing date for abstract submissions is Friday 14th of September 2018. More information, including a full list of subthemes, is available here.

CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources

In this week's Knowledge Exchange, a community engagement tool for suicide prevention, a podcast about the risks, rights and role of the state in early intervention, and what works in public service leadership. 

The 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.

Click here to get it straight to your inbox every Friday.

Blog: Joining the Forces of Implementation

In our latest blog, we give our account of the highlights of the Nordic Implementation Conference 2018 in Copenhagen, along with some useful websites and resources.