Our Graduate Internship Programme is now open for applications

Are you a recently qualified graduate or post graduate? Are you interested in the opportunity to learn more about the use of evidence in policy and practice?

We are now inviting applications for our Graduate Internship Programme. The programme combines professional and personal development and work experience, over a period of 12 months.

CES is getting ready for new data protection regulations

CES is getting ready for new data protection regulations.

We want to continue to keep you up to date with our work and the new resources that we produce. If you would like to continue to be on our mailing list, you can sign up here. You can choose to receive our quarterly ezine and occasional CES updates, or our Weekly Knowledge Exchange.

We have recently updated our privacy policy, which explains what data we collect through our website and communications. You can read it here.
If you would like to know more about our work, watch this short video about what we did in 2017.

Professor Paul Cairney on the conundrum of evidence informed policy

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy in Strathclyde University. He blogs regularly about the role of evidence in public policy. We spoke to Paul about evidence informed policy, what we mean by it and what are some of the challenges of getting evidence into policy?

Six Ingredients for collaborative, compassionate, inclusive leadership in public services

How do we create collaborative compassionate, inclusive leadership in public services?

This is the focus of the third issue of the CES Leaders Digest – a blog series where we learn together, from research and real-world experience, about effective leadership and its role in public services.

This entry features videos of Michael West, Senior Fellow with the King’s Fund (UK) and Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School. Last year, Michael spoke to senior leaders in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, as part of the ‘Leading into the Future Programme’, supported by our work on the Goal Programme.

Whats new online

X Factor for Evidence

In early February, the Health Foundation in the UK held an event to illustrate different forms of evidence and how they can inform policy in public health. X Factor for Evidence for the Publics Health was the title of this event, which featured short contributions followed by a lively discussion on the topic. A recording of the event and accompanying materials are now available.

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Two recruitment opportunities in CES

We are looking for a Corporate Services Manager, with expertise in the areas of HR, governance and business development. This role will be based in our Dublin office.

There is also an opportunity for a part time Project Support role, based in our Belfast office.

For further information, visit our Careers page here.

New webinar series for teacher researchers

We recently launched a series of webinars for teachers who are interested in, or involved in research. The series is part of our collaboration with the Teaching Council. According to the Council, research by and for teachers is an important aspect of their professional development. The series aims to provide practical support and guidance for teachers who want to enhance their research skills.

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Read our latest Ezine

A new toolkit packed with collaboration and problem solving tools, thoughts on systems leadership from mental health sevices in Ireland, and the latest news on some of our project news from Ireland and Northern Ireland. Read about the Children's Research Network conference in December, and take a look at some new online resources we think that you will like.

What next for the Big Lottery Fund Impact of Alcohol Programme?

Speakers at the Impact of Alcohol conference

Over the past five years, the Big Lottery Fund Impact of Alcohol Programme has funded projects in 31 different organisations in Northern Ireland. Alcohol misuse is a problem for many communities in Northern Ireland, and projects aim to reduce the harm that alcohol causes to children and families. Projects address a range of issues related to alcohol misuse, such as physical and mental health problems, accidents and violence, debt and poverty, family issues and pre- and post-natal harm.

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The HSE Nurture Programme -  Parents have their say

We are providing implementation support to the HSE on the Nurture Programme – Infant Health and Wellbeing, a programme of work designed to improve the information and professional supports provided to parents during pregnancy and the first three years of their baby’s life.

The HSE want to hear the views of parents of young children and expectant parents to help shape the development of new resources which will be produced as part of the programme, including a new website.

One of the ways that parents’ perspectives are being gathered is through an online survey. The survey will be live until January 8th.

Help the HSE to improve pregnancy and child health information. If you are a parent, or planning to be a parent, please fill in this survey. You can also share this link widely with your personal and professional networks.

What’s new online

Four recent online resources we think you'll like

Delivering Equality in Public Services (E Learning- Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission) 

This e- learning initiative is aimed at frontline workers in public services. The course provides an introduction to equality in service delivery. It is practical, focusing on the day to day work in the context of equality law.  

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Learning from implementing public service reform

Public servants attending the first Goal learning day

The Goal programme involves us working with eight government departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  We are supporting them to implement nine different reform initiatives in the areas of health, education, mental health, children and young people, and civil service reform.  

One of the aims of the Goal programme is to share learning across participating departments and more widely about the experience of implementing reform. Government departments involved are committed to this as the programme develops.  

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Evidence informed toolkit launched for social workers

CES Chair Jack Golden with Cormac Quinlan, Tusla

Tusla has launched an online toolkit for social workers to support them to use evidence in their work with children and young families. The toolkit was launched at a conference showcasing our work with the agency on the Empowering Practitioners and Practice Initiative (EPPI), a project which encourages greater use of evidence in social work practice.  

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Involving children in research - Children’s Research Network Annual Conference

How to engage children creatively in research, involving seldom heard young people in participatory research and designing educational programmes together with families. These were just some of the themes emerging at the sixth annual conference of the Children's Research Network which took place at the end of November.  

The conference was opened by Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, and keynote speeches considered the theme from research, policy and practice perspectives.  

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