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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What can we learn from a significant investment in Prevention and Early Intervention in Ireland? Are there features common to effective programmes? What approaches work in engaging children, parents and professionals?
'What Works Research' Event at Queens University Belfast
‘What Works Research’ was the theme of an event at Queen’s University Belfast hosted by the Childrens Research Network, together with the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) at the Queen’s University, Playboard NI and CES.
Since 2014 mental health services in Ireland have been undergoing a significant reform process. The background for this reform includes A Vision for Change, which outlined a strategy and framework for achieving change in the services, and a wider reform agenda across public services in Ireland. The reform coincides with a process of organisational restructuring within the Health Service Executive (HSE).
The Implementation Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland
The Implementation Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland provides policy makers, service managers, commissioners and researchers with an opportunity to share their experience of implementation, and to keep up to date with developments in implementation science across Europe and internationally. CES hosts network meetings twice a year, and in November the network met in Belfast for the first time.
Over the past two years CES has been working in collaboration with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to support social workers in the Agency to use evidence in their work with children and families. Two strands of The Empowering Practitioners and Practice Initiative (EPPI) include a Toolkit for social work, and the Evidence Informed Practitioner Programme . 170 social workers from the Agency have completed the Programme. Both the Evidence Informed Practitioner Programme and the toolkit will support social workers to use evidence and research more readily in their practice, increase their confidence and expertise and result in more timely decisions in their work with children and families.
CES is working in partnership with government departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland to support a range of reform initiatives in public services. This new programme of work is called the Goal Programme on Public Service Reform in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The seventh year of CES’s Graduate Internship Programme began in September 2017, with six new interns beginning their placements in both Dublin and Belfast.The Programme offers graduates professional and personal development opportunities, along with practical work experience over a twelve-month period.
In late July CES organised and delivered a two-day Masterclass for social work leaders from the Department of Health, Health and Social Care Board and the 5 Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.
The focus of the two-day event was the implementation work undertaken by the New York City Administration for Children's Services.
The Children’s Research Network currently has over 300 members involved in children’s research in academic, government, and community settings. The Network offers a range of services for members, including training and networking events, and publications which showcase the work of members and the research community.
The Global Implementation Initiative welcomes submissions for the next Global Implementation Conference in June 2017. Next year’s conference takes place in Toronto, where the theme is ‘Expanding Implementation Perspectives, Engaging Systems’. The conference will be hosted in partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children.