Updates

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.

Do you have a passion for digital media? If so, we need you!


CES is now recruiting for a Digital Media Specialist. This is an exciting new role to help us communicate our work clearly and creatively by using the latest digital technologies.

You'll find further details and an application form on the Careers Page of our website.

CES Quarterly Ezine


Our March Ezine highlights some of work supporting public services in Ireland and Northern Ireland, along with some new resources. Read more about what the evidence says about coaching and mentoring, in our second Access Evidence resource. The summary outlines some key messages and what they mean for frontline practitioners working with children and young people.

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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

  • An article in the Guardian about working with children to improve mental health
  • The OECD’s PISA Study 2015 was published this week, and analysis from a range of newspapers is included
  • An article on post-partum psychosis.
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CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


In the news

  • Experience and interact with the world from the point of view of a baby. A new virtual reality project from the Guardian, based on research in brain development and colour vision.
  • New research from Ireland, about young carers with siblings with autism or a learning disability.
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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.

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Taking care of your data


What does a Data Curator do, and how can data curation help policymakers, practitioners and researchers to interpret and use research data? What do organisations and researchers need to think about when they are archiving research data?

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New leadership initiative launched under Goal Programme on public service reform

Leadership is a critical aspect of any successful public service reform initiative. CES is delivering a new leadership programme for senior civil servants  in Northern Ireland. The Leadership Programme is one of nine projects that we are supporting as part of the Goal Programme for Public Service Reform. Seven government departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland are working with CES on the GOAL Programme, to bring about significant changes in public services in areas such as education, health, mental health, and children and young people’s services.

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Access evidence on coaching and mentoring

The second resource in our Access Evidence series is now available, on the topic of coaching and mentoring for frontline practitioners. Access Evidence is a series for practitioners working with children and young people in early years, social work, schools, youth work, community and other settings. Resources are produced by CES together with an advisory group which includes practitioners working with children and young people in a range of settings.

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Research -  Alive and Well at Shared Learning Event in Limerick


Engaging with research can enhance teachers practice, and improve outcomes for children’s learning. This was one of the messages emerging from a 'shared learning' event organised by CES together with the NCCA and the Teaching Council in March. All three organisations have been collaborating for over three years on an initiative  called ‘Research Alive’ which encourages teachers to engage with research.

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Working in partnership to make recovery a reality

The HSE National Mental Health Division has responsibility for mental health services with the primary objective of promoting and improving the mental health of people living in Ireland.  Recent projects focus on areas such as service user involvement, mental health care for people who are homeless and supporting the mental health of people with intellectual disabilities.  The launch of the “HSE Best Practice Guidance for Mental Health Services” next month will promote person centred, safe and quality focused care and has been designed by staff and service users.

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Whats new online


What’s New Online

Our pick of some online resources for policy makers, practitioners, service providers and commissioners.

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Irish case study to feature at international conference

Toronto plays host to the fourth Global Implementation Conference in June this year. The theme of this years conference is ‘Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems’. Registration for the conference is now open, and a special Early Bird rate is in place until April 4th.

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New Access Evidence resource : Coaching and mentoring in frontline practice


This is the second in a series of CES resources called Access Evidence. Access Evidence summaries are written for frontline practitioners working with children and young people in different settings, including youth work, social work, schools and early years. Each summary is based on a longer review of the literature on a particular topic, and is produced together with an Advisory Group of frontline practitioners.

You will also find links to other tools, resources and information on each topic.  

This new 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 about these practices.

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 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 the news

  • A new diversity training initiative for gardai in dealing with a range of issues, including autism, youth mental health and LGBT issues

  • An article from The Conversation on why women need access to better maternal health care
  • A new report from the Samaritans on suicide rates.
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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 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 the news

  • A new study finds that children living in the poorest areas of the UK are more likely to go into care
  • Data and statistics on the numbers of fathers taking paternity leave since it was introduced.
  • Coverage of a new report in Northern Ireland on the work needed to develop an integrated schools sector.
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CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


In news

  • Coverage of research in Northern Ireland on plans to tackle child obesity, and increasing numbers of children with English language difficulties
  • An article about the work of Pip Jaffa supporting parents in Northern Ireland
  • The Children’s Report Card 2017, which is developed by the Childrens Rights Alliance, and a response from Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone.
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CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, resources and policy


In news

  • New research on various aspects of infant health and development, including infant and maternal mental health
  • Coverage in the Irish Times highlights a significant decline in the numbers of women smoking during pregnancy
  • Data from the NSPCC on substance abuse figures in Northern Ireland.

In tools and resources

  • A series of podcasts has been produced by Louth and Roscommon County Childcare Committees together with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to support the early years sector in their work with young children
  • A blog entry from CELCIS in Scotland explains the use of timelines in supporting looked after children
  • A video featuring Dr Elaine Toomey about her work in public health and behaviour change at the National University of Ireland.

Publications and research

  • A report from the NSPCC highlights gender specific approaches to children and young peoples emotional and mental health and wellbeing
  • ‘What the World’s Young People Think and Feel’ – Generation Z: Global Citizenship Survey
  • A study featured in Implementation Science Journal looks at how effective evidence summaries are in supporting policy makers to use evidence in their work.

Job Opportunity - HR Specialist


CES has grown significantly in size and complexity in the last 12 -18 months and we now wish to recruit additional HR expertise for our small Corporate Services team. This HR specialist role will be of interest to enthusiastic HR professionals in mid- career who relish the challenge of honing their skills in a growing and diverse environment across a broad range of HR areas.

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