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Introductory Guide to Implementation

Posted August 17, 2017

This briefing, produced by CES in 2012, summarises the key terminology and concepts of implementation science. It lays out what implementation is, why it is important, and describes the core ideas such as implementation frameworks, stages, enablers and barriers. Short examples of successful implementation in Ireland, in both policy and practice settings, are used to illustrate these ideas.

This briefing summarises messages which appear consistently in the implementation literature, offering a useful introduction to those new to the field or those looking to refresh their understanding of the basic concepts.

Understanding the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation

Posted July 04, 2017

This briefing on the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation (ISF) was produced by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA as part of their Applying Science. Advancing Practice. series on violence prevention. It summarises the three key sets of activities in ISF: synthesis and translation of scientific knowledge into actionable information; support systems which build capacity; and systems for implementing interventions in the community. It shows how the actions of various stakeholders must come together to deliver prevention strategies. This briefing is particularly relevant for researchers and those interested in translating research into practice.

On the right track: Inclusion and Diversity Summary

Posted June 29, 2017

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 focused on inclusion and diversity, 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 inclusion and diversity outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on inclusion and diversity outcomes.

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.

On the right track: Children's learning 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 children’s learning 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 learning outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report in this series on children’s learning outcomes.

On the right track: Parenting 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 parenting 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 parenting outcomes.

On the right track: Child behaviour 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 behaviour 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 behavioural outcomes.

This summary is based on a longer report on child behaviour outcomes.

A quick guide to the ABC Programme

Posted September 05, 2016

A quick overview of the Area Based Childhood Programme and how it came about, along with the areas included and governance structures.

Building relationships with detained young people - Key learning from research

Posted June 30, 2016

In 2014 CES was commissioned to work with Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Oberstown is a national facility based in Lusk which provides safe and secure environment to young people under the age of 18 who have been sentenced by the courts. Relationships between staff and young people in Oberstown were identified as an important factor in improving their lives. A first phase of the work which CES conducted involved reviewing learning on what works for children and young people in similar settings. This is a summary of a longer report 'Lessons from the Literature: Building relationships with detained young people to improve pro-social outcomes.'

Summary - Implementing public service reform: messages from the literature

Posted March 15, 2016

This summary highlights the themes emerging from the CES report 'Implementing Public Service Reform' - Messages from the Literature. The summary describes the messages from the literature and CES’s experience of working with government departments and agencies to support implementation of policy initiatives across the public service. The report identifies some ‘supportive factors’ which help in implementing effective public service reform. 

Childrens Budgeting in Northern Ireland - An Exploratory Study

Posted December 22, 2015

Childrens’ Budgeting is about looking at how much, and how well, money is being spent by government to help children and young people. This paper, which was completed for the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) explores the feasibility of a ‘children’s budget’ in Northern Ireland.

Separated Fathers - Fathers, separation and co-parenting

Posted December 22, 2015

This paper examines issues relating to fathers who have separated or who are in the process of separating from their childrens mother.  It provides a brief overview on what is known about the effects of separation on men, the benefits to children of having actively involved fathers, fathers experiences of separation, how they seek support and how other countries have approached co-parenting. 

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.

Implementing Whole of Government Approaches Briefing Paper

Posted June 11, 2015

How do we make joined up government happen? This briefing paper summarises findings from the CES Primer on Whole of Government work, and highlights some of the things policy makers need to think about when undertaking this work. The briefing paper outlines why whole of government work is important, when it should be used, and some considerations for policy makers.

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.

Capturing the Learning: Promoting Inclusion Briefing Paper

Posted June 15, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about promoting inclusion? This Briefing Paper includes eight key messages and eight recommendations about inclusion emerging from three evaluations of Programmes. The paper highlights how programmes which take place over a short period of time can be effective in influencing positive attitudes in children, however, parents and practitioners may need support to maximise the impact of the goals of interventions or programmes.

Children’s Services Reform: Key learning and messages

Posted April 21, 2013

This briefing paper contains the key messages and learning from a comparative analysis of international and regional jurisdictions undergoing children’s services reform. The research and information was primarily gathered by CES at the request of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and was used to inform the work of the Task Force on the establishment of the Child and Family Support Agency and the Expert Advisory Group to the Early Years Strategy.

Capturing the Learning: Children's Learning Briefing Paper

Posted February 28, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about how we improve children’s experiences of learning and their educational outcomes? This briefing paper outlines eight key messages and eleven recommendations about children’s learning emerging from the evaluations of ten programmes in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Research indicates that promoting a love of learning from an early age can help to improve lifelong outcomes for children. Parents, teachers, early year’s practitioners and other professionals all have a role to play.

Capturing the Learning: Improving Child Behaviour

Posted February 14, 2013

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about improving children’s behaviour? This briefing paper presents six key messages and nine recommendations based on findings of nine programmes funded in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Messages highlight how both universal and targeted services can help to improve children’s behaviour. New skills and techniques can help both parents and teachers to have a positive impact on children’s behaviour.

Capturing the Learning: Organisational Learning Briefing Paper

Posted December 17, 2012

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about planning and designing services for children and young people? This briefing paper outlines six key messages and nine recommendations relevant to the design and development of services for children and young people in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Messages include the need for services to fit the local community context, and that ‘organisational readiness’ is necessary before undertaking the work.  

Capturing the Learning: Parenting Briefing Paper

Posted December 16, 2012

What are the key messages for policy makers from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative about supporting parents? This Briefing Paper presents eight key messages based on the findings of evaluations of nine parenting programmes in Ireland and Northern Ireland.