Updates

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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In news

  • New research launched during the week in Ireland on cyberbullying, along with some resources for parents.
  • Coverage of a PhD published which focuses on the mental health of new mothers
  • An article in the Guardian asks what can be done to tackle the youth mental health treatment gap.
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Teachers and Research – Continuing the Conversation


CES, together with the Teaching Council and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will host a Shared Learning Day on Saturday March 11th at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.

This Shared Learning Day aims to support teachers engaged in research, and to provide them with opportunities to share their experience with others. CES has worked closely with the Teaching Council and the NCCA since 2013 to enhance connections between research, policy and practice to develop both teaching and learning.

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CES is recruiting - 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.The closing date for applications is Friday January 27th at 5pm.

To read more about the job and how to apply, click here.

Read the CES Quarterly Ezine - December 2016


A number of new resources are featured in the December issue of the CES Ezine. They include a video on how to involve children in evaluation approaches, which was produced for groups delivering services under the Big Lottery Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme.

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From being seen to being heard - childrens voices in evaluation approaches


CES is working in partnership with thirty-six groups in Northern Ireland funded under the Big Lottery funded Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme. Projects on the programme work with families experiencing a range of issues – including visual impairment and disability, fostering, caring responsibilities and domestic violence.

While CES has been working with groups in preparing to implement their projects, we will also be supporting them in planning evaluation.

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Bringing a pilot to scale – The United Youth Pilot Programme Evaluation

In April this year, we were commissioned by the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (now Department for the Economy), to evaluate the pilot phase of the United Youth Programme. This programme aimed to support young people between the ages of 16-24 to achieve beneficial outcomes in four areas: personal development involving social and emotional capabilities, citizenship, good relations, and employability.  The programme progresses one of the actions identified in the Northern Ireland Executive's ‘Together: Building a United Community' Strategy.

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CES Knowledge Exchange - News, tools, and resources


In the news

  • A number of articles look at various aspects of antenatal care such as health visiting, new vaccines for babies and support for expectant mothers
  • Coverage of issues affecting the mental health of children and young people
  • Read recent coverage of an NUI Maynooth study called ‘Family Rhythms’ about family structure in Ireland. Ruth Geraghty, Data Curator with CRNINI is one of the authors of the study.  
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