Updates

On the right track: Inclusion and Diversity

A new summary in the On the Right Track series is now available, on the theme of Inclusion and Diversity.

This is the fifth summary in the On the right track series, based on evaluations of fifty two programmes and services delivered in Ireland over a twelve year period. Programmes were funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and government, and used prevention and early intervention approaches to improve outcomes for children and young people in areas such as learning, health, behaviour and parenting.

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Meet our new chairperson – Dr Jack Golden

Dr Jack Golden was appointed as the new chairperson at the CES AGM in May. He replaces outgoing chair Dan Flinter.

Jack is a Chartered Engineer by background, and has extensive interest and experience in the field of leadership. He was awarded a Ph.D. in International Business Leadership at the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2012.

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Moving towards ‘Seven Day’ Mental Health Services

The Strategic Portfolio and Programme Management Office (SPPMO) provides the HSE Mental Health Division (MHD) with access to experience and skills in change management and project management as they implement a major programme of change in mental health services in Ireland. In 2016 the SPPMO, which includes a small CES team, developed a project management methodology, produced tools and delivered training to support managers and other professionals in the mental health services. The team is currently supporting the HSE MHD to manage and implement 23 high priority national projects.

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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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