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Implementation Guide and Toolkit for National Clinical Guidelines

Posted September 20, 2018

Clinical guidelines are developed to improve the health and safety of patients. While guidelines are informed by the best available evidence and strong quality criteria, it can be challenging to implement them. This guide and toolkit was produced by CES together with the National Clincal Effectiveness Committee (Department of Health) to support health professionals, managers and clinical staff to implement National Clinical Guidelines. The Guide contains a range of tools, which were adapted to meet the needs of staff involved in developing and implementing guidelines and the context in which they work.

Impact of Alcohol Exploring the Learning from Elsewhere

Posted August 14, 2018

This is a review of selected examples of national and international best practice, entitled ‘Impact of Alcohol: Exploring the Learning from Elsewhere’.  The review draws on interventions designed to support individuals at different stages in their relationship with alcohol from early intervention to chronic, long term use.

Impact of Alcohol: Capturing the Learning

Posted August 13, 2018

This is the second of three publications for the Big Lottery Impact of Alcohol programme. It presents the knowledge and learning developed or expanded upon during the programme.  An implementation lens is used to explore the learning emerging at different stages of projects.

Impact of Alcohol Conference Report

Posted June 25, 2018

This is a report of the ‘Impact of Alcohol: What Next?’ Conference held in November 2017. A range of key stakeholders from the statutory and community sectors reflected on pertinent policy, commissioning and practice issues and delegates created a series of action plans aimed at tackling alcohol misuse more effectively.

15 Days - The Toolkit

Posted August 02, 2017

A resource for practitioners interested in adapting an accelerated, collaborative problem-solving methodology.

Normalization Process Theory

Posted July 18, 2017

This website offers a set of tools and resources for those using the Normalization Process Theory (NPT). NPT was developed in 2009 by Carl May and colleagues from a number of universities across the UK, Ireland and Australia. The site contains concise descriptions of the theory, and toolkit for its practical application. This theory and website is useful for those who are designing an intervention and wish to encourage implementation and integration into routine practice.

The PARiHS Framework

Posted June 26, 2017

This article, written in 2004 by Jo Rycroft-Malone of Bangor University in Wales, provides an overview of the Promoting Action on Implementation Research in Health Services (PARiHS) framework. According to PARIHS, successful implementation depends on the dynamic interplay of three factors – the quality of evidence being used; how receptive the context is to an intervention; and the type of change facilitation that is required. The framework focusses on organisational change, and all three factors are weighted equally. This article will be most relevant for researchers, and those interested in implementing public health interventions.

A Refined Compilation of Implementation Strategies

Posted June 24, 2017

This article, from 2015 by Powell et al, compiles a list of 73 implementation strategies based on a Delphi process involving  a panel of experts in implementation and clinical practice from the USA. The list was created for a clinical practice setting, but most of the strategies are relevant to other sectors. The paper is the first major output of the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) project, which aims to develop recommendations to enhance the match between implementation strategies and the context of the service setting. This paper is most relevant to policymakers, service providers and researchers.

Innovation to Implementation

Posted June 06, 2017

This how-to guide, produced in 2012 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, provides practical direction in using knowledge translation (KT) to drive implementation. The guide outlines seven steps in moving from innovation to implementation, with questions, examples and helpful tips provided for each. These steps include: identifying champions, designing KT strategies, and monitoring and evaluation. The guide focusses mainly on health, but has practical application across all sectors, and will be of interest to policymakers, service providers and practitioners.

Coaching and Mentoring - Table

Posted March 29, 2017

A one page graphic which explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and how it complements other professional development interventions in frontline practice.

Coaching and Mentoring - An Access Evidence Report

Posted March 14, 2017

A review of the literature on coaching and mentoring. This report is part of the Access Evidence series for frontline practitioners.

Coaching and Mentoring - An Access Evidence Summary

Posted March 10, 2017

This 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. The summary concludes with some suggestions for practitioners before they take up coaching and mentoring, and some wider considerations for organistions when introducing these supports.

On the right track: Child health summary

Posted December 08, 2016

From 2004 to 2016, The Atlantic Philanthropies, together with government and other organisations invested in 52 programmes and services aimed at improving outcomes for children across the island of Ireland. This was known as the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative.

This summary outlines learning from programmes which aimed to improve child health outcomes, and describes some of the features of effective programmes which are transferable to wider services dealing with children and young people. Key messages are based on findings from independent evaluations, and draw from CES’s experience of working with government and service providers to implement programmes and services. An infographic gives an overview of the programmes and the change in parenting outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on child health outcomes.

Childhood Adversity - Outcomes, Risks and Resilience - An Access Evidence Report

Posted September 07, 2016

This report contains a rapid review of the literature in the area of childhood adversity and how it affects children during their lives. Implications for frontline practitioners working with children and young people are also included.The appendices to the report include frameworks, assessments, online resources and evidence-based and evidence-informed programmes which may be of interest to practitioners working with families, children and young people facing some form of adversity.

The report is the first in the Access Evidence series, and is accompanied by a shorter summary of the literature and implications for practitioners.

Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years – Research and Practice

Posted June 20, 2016

‘Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years – Research and Practice’ is a new publication produced by CES together with the Institute of Public Health (IPH).

The early years is a critical period for child health and wellbeing. Children who grow up with positive and secure relationships with their caregivers, in safe, secure and stimulating environments that promote child development, are more likely to be happy and healthy. They are also more likely to experience better physical and mental health, greater educational achievement, and more economic security. Children experiencing social disadvantage are less likely to experience these outcomes due to a range of factors which impact on the conditions in which they are born and grow. This book explores how prevention and early intervention approaches can contribute to tackling these social inequalities and improve children’s outcomes, before they become embedded and costly.

Prevention and Early Intervention in children and young people’s services: Ten Years of Learning

Posted October 30, 2015

This report summarises the learning emerging from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. It is a summary of six outcome reports published by CES based on the findings from evaluations of services and interventions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The outcome reports focus on findings in parenting, children’s learning, improving child behaviour, child health and development, promoting inclusion and organisational learning.  The report highlights eight key messages emerging from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. 

Summary of a Brief Review of Approaches to Oral Language Development

Posted August 01, 2015

Speech and language skills are fundamental to learning, development and communication and predict educational success later in life.

This summary is based on ‘A brief review of approaches to oral language development’, a report produced by the Centre for Effective Services in 2014, which considers the best available evidence on how to organise and deliver services to achieve better language outcomes for children in areas of social disadvantage.

Based on recent literature and communication and consultation with researchers, practitioners and specialists, this review makes five key recommendations for the Area Based Childhood Programme. Findings and recommendations are relevant to wider service delivery.

A Brief Review of Approaches to Oral Language Development

Posted December 01, 2014

Speech and language skills are fundamental to learning, development and communication and predict educational success later in life. Based on recent literature and communication and consultation with researchers, practitioners and specialists, this report considers the best available evidence on how to organise and deliver services to achieve better language outcomes for children in areas of social disadvantage.

The review makes five key recommendations for the Area Based Childhood Programme but its findings and recommendations are relevant to speech and language services more generally.

Capturing the Learning: Child Health and Development Outcomes Report

Posted September 01, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about children’s health and development? This report outlines eight key messages and eight recommendations about children’s health and development. The paper outlines how greater connections between services can benefit children and their families. Programmes which support parents can also bring about better health and development outcomes for children.

Capturing the Learning: Child Health and Development Briefing Paper

Posted September 01, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about children’s health and development? This briefing paper outlines eight key messages and eight recommendations about children’s health and development. The paper outlines how greater connections between services can benefit children and their families. Programmes which support parents can also bring about better health and development outcomes for children.